IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan reportedly in Pak custody

Wednesday 27th February 2019 07:32 EST

In the aftermath of India's second surgical strike on Pakistan-bred terrorists, the neighbouring country has claimed it has shot down two aircraft of the Indian Air Force and captured two pilots. Pakistan has released a video claiming it is of an Indian pilot named Abhinandan. In the video, a blindfolded person wearing a flight suit is heard saying he is Wing Commander Abhinandan, and gives out his service numbers. He then asks if he is in the custody of the Pakistan military. The video was released after press conference was held by Pakistan Armed Forces spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor.

In the press conference, Major Ghafoor said Pak had no option than to give a reply to the airstrikes by the Indian Air Force in Balakot on Tuesday. He claimed that Pakistan Air Force shot down two IAF planes today morning. He said one of the planes fell in Pakistani territory while the other fell in the Indian side. He said the intentions behind the attacks carried out by the Pakistan Air Force was “not to escalate tensions” but to tell “India that we have capability” to retaliate. Ghafoor said, “Pakistan armed forces have the capability and resolve to defend its interest. But we are a responsible nation and want peace. This morning we decided that we will not attack any military targets. We decided that no human life should be endangered in our strikes.”

He added, “We decided that we will not attack any military targets. We decided that n ohuman life should be endangered in the strikes. We did not want to give the impression that we are an irresponsible nation. The intention was to tell we can retaliate, but we won't go to war at the cost of the region's peace.” The Indian government is yet to confirm anything yet.

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