Pakistan Air Force targeted India's military installations; attempts foiled: MEA 

ST CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, 27 February 2019

"Their attempts were foiled successfully though one Indian pilot is "missing in action", said External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a very brief press statement in New Delhi. He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor.

New Delhi: India's military installations have been targeted by Pakistan Air Force in response to Indian counter-terrorism operations, the External Affairs Ministry said Wednesday.
 
"Their attempts were foiled successfully though one Indian pilot is "missing in action", said External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar in a very brief press statement in New Delhi. He was accompanied by Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor.

He also said details are being ascertained about Pakistan's claim of having captured one Indian pilot. 
The statement follows fresh confrontation a day after Indian Air Force launched a counter-terrorism action against a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan based on credible evidence that JeM intended to launch more attacks.  

Full statement: 
India had informed about Counter Terrorism (CT) action it took yesterday against a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in Pakistan based on credible evidence that JeM intended to launch more attacks.

Against this Counter Terrorism 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.

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.

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