New Delhi: In its statement on the developments of the day, the Ministry of External Affairs said that India had informed about Counter Terrorism (CT) action it took (on Tuesday) against a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan based on evidence that the terror outfit intended to launch more attacks. (Catch LIVE Updates of India-Pakistan Standoff Here) Also Read - IAF's MiG-21 Bison Fighter Jet Crashes Near Rajasthan's Suratgarh
“Against this CT action, Pakistan has responded this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side. Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully,” it reportedly said. Also Read - Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Inquires About Pilots After IAF’s MiG-21 Crashed in Gwalior
The statement further said that the Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded ‘instantly’. “In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21.” Also Read - IAF MiG-21 Crashes in Gwalior; Pilot, Co-pilot Eject Safely
It went on to confirm that the pilot of MiG 21 was ‘missing in action’. “Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts,” it said.
Meanwhile, after a meeting of Opposition parties, Congress President Rahul Gandhi said, “The meeting of leaders of 21 political parties condemned the dastardly Pulwama attack by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists of Jaish-e-Mohammed on February 14, 2019, and lauded the action taken by our armed forces.”
He added, “Leaders condemned Pakistani misadventure and expressed deep concern for the safety of our missing pilot. Leaders urged the Government to take the nation into confidence on all measures to protect India’s sovereignty, unity and integrity.”
A statement released at the end of the meeting reportedly said, “The Prime Minister has, regrettably, not convened an all-party meeting as per the established practice in our democracy.”