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ne Indian Air Force pilot is missing in action, the government said this afternoon, a short while after Pakistan claimed to have two Indian pilots in its custody.
At a briefing in New Delhi, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said an Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison was “lost” this morning while thwarting Pakistani fighter jets that had entered Indian airspace.
The pilot of that MiG-21 is “missing in action”, Raveesh Kumar said. Indian Air Force Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor was present at the briefing.
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Earlier, Major General Asif Gafoor, the spokesperson for the Pakistani military, held a press conference claiming that Pakistani fighter jets had carried out “strikes” in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Pakistani jets also took down two Indian Air Force fighters, Ghafoor said, one of which crashed in Paksitan-controlled territory. Both pilots of the crashed jet — a MiG 21 — were taken in custody and one who was injured was being giving treatment.
The Pakistani government also released a video claiming it was of one of the “arrested” pilots. In the video, a man wearing a flight suit is heard saying he is Wing Commander Abhinandan. He is blindfolded and asks whether he is in the custody of the Pakistani military. He says he has a right to know and refuses to answer further questions.