An Indian pilot has gone missing in action after a Mig-21 Bison fighter plane was lost while engaging with Pakistani jets after they violated Indian airspace, the Ministry of External Affairs stated on Wednesday.
In a reaction to Pakistan reports that they have captured two Indian pilots, one of them is in hospital, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said Pakistani planes targeted military establishments in Jammu and Kashmir, but were forced to retreat by alert Indian forces. “Pakistan claims he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts.”
India had earlier Wednesday shot down a Pakistani F-16 jet that violated the Indian air space in retaliatory fire 3km within Pakistan territory in Lam valley, Nowshera sector, a private TV channel reported.
Pakistan had claimed to have entered the Indian airspace and dropped bombs.
Senior government officials said there were no reports of any casualty. A parachute was reportedly seen when the Pakistani jet went down but the fate of the pilot is unknown.
On Tuesday, media reports said at around 3.30 am, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the IAF dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, destroying them. The strikes, involving several fighter jets of the IAF, destroyed camps belonging to Pakistan-based terror outfits in Balakot area of the country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.