‘All our pilots are accounted for’: India quashes Pakistan’s claim of shooting down IAF jet

India on Wednesday denied Pakistani claims of shooting down Indian jets and said “all our pilots are accounted for” after Pakistan put out a statement claiming “strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace”, a day after Indian fighter jets destroyed a vast terror training camp within Pakistan in a pre-dawn strike.

Pakistan had earlier claimed to shoot down two Indian Air Force aircraft and arrest an Indian pilot minutes after IAF chased out three Pakistani Air Force (PAF) jets from Indian territory Wednesday morning. Pakistan Major General A Ghafoor said that the PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts which had entered the Pakistani airspace. “One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area,” he tweeted.

Pak media peddles fake pictures

  • Pakistani media peddled all kinds of lies to hide the air force misadventure this morning. The Pakistani Express Tribune ran a story headlined ‘PAF strikes Indian targets across LoC, two IAF jets shot down’.
  • To go with the story they put up a picture of the “wreckage of a downed Indian Air Force jet” which they had reportedly sourced from Radio Pakistan.
  • The picture in fact is of a 2018 IAF hawk trainer crash in Odisha! The other “proof” Pakistan media is peddling is of a 2016 video of a MiG fighter crash in Rajasthan.
  • Not just Pakistani media, verified twitter handles from Pakistan are peddling such lies to cater to the collective bloodlust on the other side of the border (some of these images were later taken down).

Indian Air Force (IAF) shot down a Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 jet on Wednesday in Lam valley of Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowshera sector. Three aircraft had violated and crossed into the Indian air space in a retaliatory fire at the Line of Control (LoC).

According to emerging reports, a parachute was seen dropping from the F-16 aircraft which was going down. The condition of the pilot is unknown, reported news agency ANI.