Islamabad/Lahore: Pakistan on Wednesday said it shot down two Indian fighter jets over Pakistani air space and arrested a pilot, as it closed its airspace amid escalating tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours.
Pakistani military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor claimed that two Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots were arrested. One pilot is injured and has been shifted to a hospital, while another one is unhurt, he added.
The spokesperson also showed items and documents recovered from the arrested pilots.
However, he later said “only one” Indian pilot was under Pakistan Army’s custody, retracting from his earlier statement.
“There is only one pilot under Pakistan Army’s custody. Wing Comd Abhinandan is being treated as per norms of military ethics,” Ghafoor said.
“I am an IAF officer. My service No is 27981,” a blindfolded man – who identified himself as Wing Commander Abhinandan – said in a 46-second video released by the Pakistan Army.
In a second video, the man refused to talk about the plane he was flying or talk about the mission. He said he was rescued from a mob by a Pakistan Army Captain.
When asked about his identity, he said he was from down south (India) and a married man.