Pakistan Destroyed 2 Indian fighters, 2 pilots arrested
In a response to Indian Line of Control (LoC) violation, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) has destroyed two Indian fighter jets on Wednesday morning.
According to News Line, the wreckage of one aircraft fell in Central Kashmir’s Budgam while the other’s in Pakistan territory. Two of the pilots have been killed in the incident.
Meanwhile, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General (DG) Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Pakistan Air Force engaged six targets from across the Line of Control in Occupied Kashmir this morning.
He said Pak armed forces have capability, will, resolve, people backing and all resources. But being a responsible state, we decided that we will not aim any military target. We also wanted to ensure that no human loss or collateral damage is done during our engaging the targets.
He said we selected six targets but we hit the areas close to them while keeping a safe distance, in order to demonstrate our capability. This action was purely in self-defense and with no aggressive designs.
The reaction came after Indian aircraft intruded in Pakistan air area and released payload in haste near Balakot. However, they scrambled back on PAF’s timely and effective response.
Following the violation, Pakistan decided to response at Inida’s own choice of a time and a place. The statement issued after the meeting read “Pakistan strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot as well as the claim of heavy casualties. Once again Indian government has resorted to a self-serving, reckless and fictitious claim.”
Foreign Minister Qureshi had also warned India of severe consequences, geopolitical ramifications and such moves could aggravate the already simmering tension between both countries.
DG ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor said that “It’s you (India) who is sending war threats. We’re not preparing for a war but we have a right to respond to the war threats from your side.”