New Delhi demands immediate, safe return of Air Force pilot in Islamabad’s custody
New Delhi also demanded immediate and safe return of an Indian Air Force pilot who is in the custody of Pakistan following an aerial engagement by air forces of the two countries. It has been made clear to Pakistan that no harm comes to the Indian defence personnel.
Earlier, India foiled Pakistan’s attempt to target its military installations and shot down one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft. Briefing media in New Delhi, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, after India’s air strikes in Balakot, Pakistan responded this morning by using its Air Force but due to India’s high state of readiness and ness, the attempts were foiled successfully.
He said the Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. The spokesman said, in this engagement, the country, unfortunately, lost one MiG 21 and one Indian Air Force pilot is in Pakistan’s custody.