Pakistan has claimed that it has shot down two aircraft of the Indian Air Force and captured two pilots. Pakistan has released a video claiming that it is of an Indian pilot named Abhinandan.
In a 46-second video released by the Pakistan Army, a blindfolded man claiming that he’s IAF Wing Commander.
Arrested Indian Pilot. 3 Indian pilots are in Pakistan custody. pic.twitter.com/mL3Ec5vgAu
— Siasat.pk (@siasatpk) February 27, 2019
In the video shared by Pakistan, a person wearing a flight suit is heard saying that he is Wing Commander Abhinandan. He is blindfolded and gives out his service number. He then asks if he is in the custody of the Pakistan military, saying he has the right to know this. Later, he refuses to answer further questions.
The video was relased after a press conference held by spokesperson of the Pakistan armed forces Major General Asif Ghafoor.
Dear Indian news anchors,
Please take a good look of what you have done.
Take a good bloody look.
I hope you have the courage to face his father and mother now.
I say courage because you have no shame.
This is your doing.
We will remember it.
We all will. pic.twitter.com/QDa6gQPDSW
— Ram Subramanian (@VORdotcom) February 27, 2019
No confirmation has been issued by the Indian Air Force on this so far. In the press conference, Maj Gen Ghafoor said Pakistan had no option than to give a reply to the airstrikes by the Indian Air Force in Balakote on Tuesday (February 26).
Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian Air Force planes today morning. He said one of the planes fell in Pakistani territory while the other fell in the Indian side.
He said the intentions behind the attacks carried out by the Pakistan Air Force was “not to escalate tensions” but to tell “India that we have the capability” to retaliate.
“Pakistan armed forces have the capability and resolve to defend its interest. But we are a responsible nation and want peace. This morning we decided that we will not attack any military targets. We decided that no human life should be endangered in our strikes,” Ghafoor said.
Pakistan said it selected six targets for today’s strike. Ghafoor said: “We decided that we will not attack any military targets. We decided that no human life should be endangered in the strikes. We did not want to give the impression that we are an irresponsible nation. The intention was to tell we can retaliate, but we won’t go to war at the cost of the region’s peace.”
Pakistan said it does not wish to escalate tensions with India and is not interested in going to a war. “Our action was an act of self-defence,” Pakistan said.