The Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday said an Indian Air Force pilot is missing in action after his MiG21 Bison jet was hit in an aerial engagement with a Pakistan Air Force’s F-16 fighter jet.
In a briefing, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed that the said PAF jet has been brought down.
This comes after Pakistan claimed they had captured two IAF pilots and released a video showing one of the alleged pilots.
“Pakistan has responded with using its air force to target military installations on the Indian side. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by the ground forces falling on the Pakistan side,” he said.
“In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG21. The pilot is missing in action. We are ascertaining the facts,” the MEA spokesperson said.
On Tuesday, some 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.