KARACHI: February 27, 2019, is a memorable day for Pakistan as Pakistan Air Force (PAF) shattered Indian dream of invincibility and military supremacy by shooting down two Indian air craft and and above all capturing an IAF pilot.
Indian fighter jets crossed the Line of Control in the last week of February and the country’s military claimed to have conducted a “surgical strike” in Balakot area in Pakistan.
New Delhi also claimed to destroy a terrorist camp with 300-350 casualties in the attack. Pakistan denied the claim, saying neither was there any camp nor any casualty.
Independent reports, including high resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters, also contradicted the Indian claims.
Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets on the other day crossed the LoC in a tit-for-tat move to Indian territory, and in a dogfight an Indian MiG-21 was shot down on the Pakistani side of the border.
After striking down the Indian fighter jet, Pakistan arrested the pilot, who ejected himself after being hit in the airspace of Pakistan in Azad Jammu and Kashmir — something that came as an unexpected setback for India exposing the country’s claims of invincibility and supremacy in the military power.
Hours after shooting down the IAF jets, Pakistan military released a video statement of the captured Indian pilot.“I’m wing commander Abhinandan and my service number is 27981,” the arrested Indian pilot said in his video statement. “I’m a flying pilot of the Indian air force (IAF),” he continued in his statement.
Prime Minister Imran Khan after the standoff with India, announced to return the Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman in a goodwill gesture.
Pakistani officials returned the IAF pilot Abhinandan to Indian officials at Wahga Border crossing on March 1st.