Pakistan Airforce shot down two Indian aircrafts…one pilot arrested.
Pakistan Airforce has shot down two Indian aircraft inside Pakistani airspace; one pilot arrested.
“Sole purpose of this action was to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We do not wish to escalate but are fully prepared if forced into that paradigm,” said the foreign office.
BREAKING: Pakistan Air Force (PAF), in retaliation to India’s Line of Control (LoC) violation yesterday, has undertook strikes across the LoC from Pakistani airspace.
“Sole purpose of this action was to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We do not wish to escalate but are fully prepared if forced into that paradigm,” says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA).
US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo has urged India and Pakistan to avoid further escalation “at any cost” and to “prioritise direct communication”.
In a statement issued by his office in Washington following India’s Line of Control (LoC) violation, Secretary Pompeo said that he spoke with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj hours after Indian fighter jets intruded from the Muzaffarabad sector and scrambled back after dropping bombs.
While civilian and military leaders in Pakistan termed the LoC breach “an act of aggression by India”, Pompeo called it “counter-terrorism actions”
While addressing a press conference today, Maj Gen Ghafoor said that two pilots have been arrested.
“Today’s action was in self defence; we don’t want to claim any victory. The way we set out target and made sure that there were no collateral damage; the in-built message was that despite out capability, we look towards peace,” said the army spokesperson.
“As a result of engaging our target, no human life was affected. Staying within our jurisdiction, six targets were locked. And we carried out the strike,” said the army spokesperson.
Indian media has confirmed that Wing Commander Abhinandan, who has been captured by Pakistani forces, had taken off on a MiG 21 Bison earlier today.
According to Indian news outlets, the pilot has yet to return.
During his press briefing earlier, DG ISPR Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor said that Abhinandan had been arrested by the armed forces.