New Delhi: Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that it shot down two Indian military aircraft that it shot down two Indian military aircraft over Pakistani air space and arrested two pilots.
However, India denied the claim and said “all our pilots are accounted for”.
Meanwhile, Indian defence sources said there are no reports of any IAF jet suffering damage in action by country’s adversaries. They added that they were verifying reports that an F16 Pakistani jet had crashed in Lam Valley across the Line of Control.
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DG ISPR, Pakistan, Major Gen Asif Ghafoor said that Pakistan is in no way engaged to the IAF jet crash which was reported in Budgam earlier in the day. “There are reports of crash of an Indian aircraft on the Indian side (in Budgam), we had no engagement with that aircraft,” he said.
In a 46-second video released by the Pakistan Army, a blindfolded man claimed that he’s IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan.
“I am an IAF officer. My service No is 27981,” the man said in the video.
However, the veracity of the video could not be ascertained.
Pakistani military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that two IAF pilots were arrested.
One pilot is injured and has been shifted to a hospital, while another one is unhurt, the spokesman added. He said one of the aircraft crashed in Pakistan occupied Kashmir while the other fell in Jammu and Kashmir.
Nine airports, including the ones in Srinagar and Jammu, were closed on Wednesday for civilian air traffic amid escalating tension with Pakistan.