MEA Confirms IAF Pilot Missing In Action, Ascertaining Facts On Pakistan’s Claims Of Pilots’ Capture

The Logical Indian Crew

February 27th, 2019 / 5:48 PM

MEA Confirms Pilot Missing

Image Credit: Business Today

The Ministry of External Affairs of the Indian government confirmed in an official statement that an Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot is missing. The MEA also acknowledged that Pakistan has claimed that the said pilot is in their captivity, adding that the facts are being ascertained right now.

The said missing pilot, which Pakistan claims to have captured is one Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, a MiG 21 Bison pilot, as per early reports.

MEA’s statement

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in the official statement that Pakistan responded to the counter-terrorism action by the Indian Air Force against the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on February 26. Kumar said that the Pakistan Air Force responded by “targetting military installations on the Indian side”. He, however, added that since the Indian side was expecting a similar attack and hence was already prepared. “The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts,” the MEA spokesperson said.

Earlier in the day, Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director General (DG) of the Inter-Services Public Relations said, “Two pilots were taken into custody and they are being treated well; one is injured and has been admitted in CMS, while the other is in the custody.”

A video also has been released by the Radio Pakistan. This video purportedly shows captured Indian Air Force pilot. The video shows him to be blindfolded with his hands tied behind. Upon being prompted the alleged captured pilot introduces himself as Abhinandan and gives his service number. He also further says that he is a flying pilot and that his religion is Hindu. When prompted to give further information, the pilot says that he cannot reveal any more information. He asks whether he is with the Pakistani Army, to which a reply is rendered, “yes”. The authenticity of the video remains to be ascertained.

Pakistani PM Imran Khan has also released a series of videos saying Pakistan is still open for dialogue.

After the airstrike from the Indian Air Force on February 26, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets violated Indian air space to target military installations on the Indian side, as reported by The Times of India. On the other hand, two persons were killed in a Mi-17 chopper crashed in Budgam. However, Maj Gen Ghafoor in media briefing said that Pakistan had no engagement with Indian aircraft which resulted in a crash on the Indian side.

Also Read: Indian Air Force Strikes Across LoC, Biggest Jaish Terror Camp Destroyed In Balakot


Written by : Shraddha Goled

Edited by : Bharat Nayak

Related Stories

Helicopter IAF Crash Six Death

IAF Confirms Six Airmen Died In Chopper Crash In J&K’s Budgam, The Same Day Abhinandan’s Jet Crashed

Mirage 2000 Crash HAL

“Shattered The Family & All That He Desired”: Brother Of IAF Pilot Who Died During Test Sortie Pens Emotional Poem

Fact Check: No, 600 Girls Are Not Missing From Rape-Accused Daati Maharaj’s Ashram, Confirms Police

Fact Check: Distorted Facts Presented In The Name Of Growth, Did PM Modi-Government Surpass Manmohan Singh Government?


Finance Minister Says FRDI Bill Will Protect The Rights Of Depositors: But What Do The Facts Say?

Mid-Day Accuses NGO Of Fraudulent Fund Raiser; Facts Read Otherwise

Latest on The Logical Indian


Senior Lawyer And Rajya Sabha Member KTS Tulsi Introduces Bill For Gender Neutral Rape Law


Sex Ratio At Birth Drops To 896 During 2015-17, Nearly 1.1 Crore Girls Have Gone Missing In India


Lok Sabha Passes National Investigation Agency Amendment Bill, Opposition Says Can Be “Misused”


Amid Student Protests, TISS Hyderabad Decides To Suspend Academic Activities With Immediate Effect


Sex Ratio At Birth Drops To 896 During 2015-17, Nearly 1.1 Crore Girls Have Gone Missing In India


Himachal Pradesh: 13 Army Personnel Killed, 28 Injured After Building Collapsed Due To Heavy Rain


Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.