MEA confirms shooting down of Pakistan’s F-16, losing IAF’s MIG-21 in action

New Delhi:

India’s Ministry of External Affairs has confirmed that Indian Air Force has shot down Pakistan’s F-16 Aircraft.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar held a press conference in presence of Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor. MEA said that 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.

MEA said that Pakistan has responded by targeting India’s military installation. “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,” said Kumar.

MEA confirmed that India’s MIG-21 shot down Pakistan’s F-16. “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,” said Kumar.

Kumar has however also confirmed that India has lost MIG-21 in the counter operation. “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,” said Kumar.