New Delhi, February 28: A day after Pakistan army dismissed reports that one of their aircraft that attempted to violate Indian airspace was shot down by the Indian Air Force (IAF), a picture of the wreckage of the downed Pakistan Air Force's (PAF) fighter jet surfaced on Thursday. News agency ANI shared the picture of a portion of downed PAF's jet F-16. The aircraft reportedly fell in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir when IAF jets shot it down.
While the same picture is being circulated on social media in Pakistan with a claim that this was an Indian MiG fighter jet, multiple sources in the IAF confirmed ANI that the wreckage recovered is of a Pakistani F-16 downed yesterday. At a press conference, Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Major General Asif Ghafoor said none of their aircraft was shot down by the IAF. Catch live news updates on India-Pakistan tensions here.
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India on Wednesday said it foiled Pakistan's bid to violate the Indian airspace and shot down a PAF aircraft which fell in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by a MiG 21 Bison of the Indian Air Force, said the Ministry of External Affairs. The ministry also said that an IAF pilot "is missing in action". "Pakistan claims the missing pilot is in their custody. We are ascertaining that," Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of MEA, said. IAF Pilot in Pakistan Custody: Will Think About Releasing Captured Pilot After De-Escalation, Says Pak Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
Pakistan on Wednesday claimed that the FAP shot down two Indian jets. Pakistan also claimed that an IAF pilot is in their custody. He has identified himself as Abhinandan Varthaman, Ghafoor said.