Pakistan used Air Force to target India’s military installations, bid foiled: MEA

Pakistan used Air Force to target India’s military installations, bid foiled: MEA
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New Delhi, Feb 27: Accusing Pakistan Air Force of targeting Indian military installations, India on Wednesday said the attack was foiled successfully but one MIG fighter jet was shot down in the aerial confrontation and a pilot is “missing in action”.
In a very brief press statement, External affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, accompanied by Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor, said details are also being ascertained about Pakistan’s claim of having captured one Indian pilot.
The fresh confrontation came a day after Indian Air Force launched a counter-militancy action against a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan, based on credible evidence that the UN-proscribed militant group intended to launch attacks. The JeM had taken the responsibility of the militant strike in Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.
Against the Indian counter-militancy action, “Pakistan has responded this morning by using its Air Force to target military installations on the Indian side. Due to our high state of readiness and alertness, Pakistan’s attempts were foiled successfully,” Kumar said.
He said the Pakistan Air Force action 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,” he said.
Both officials did not take any questions from the media.