Two Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft have been shot down by Pakistan.
The dogfight occurred when the Indian jets crossed the Line of Control and entered the Pakistani airspace.
One of the jets fell inside the Azad and Jammu Kashmir area while the other fell inside Indian Occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan Air Force has managed to capture one of the pilots while two are in the area.
According to sources, Indian claims of shooting down an F-16 are completely false.
UPDATE: According to DG ISPR, Pakistan selected six targets as a response for India’s violation of Pakistani airspace yesterday. The targets weren’t military and were chosen to ensure there would be no loss of life or further escalation. This morning, all six were successfully targeted.
“Such a response befits a mature nation and India left us no choice but to show our mettle. At the same time, the selection of our targets shows we are a responsible nation.”
As a response to the strikes, 2 Indian jets were scrambled and as they crossed the LoC, they were shot down by PAF in self-defense.
DG ISPR further added that one pilot has been captured and another injured pilot is in CMH.
He also dismissed reports of an F-16 being shot down, mentioning that no F-16s were involved in the entire operation. In fact, PAF used JF-17 Thunder to take on the Indian aircraft.
“Both countries have the capability & capacity but war means failure of policy. We don’t want to escalate.“
“We invite India to have a discussion on peace so this matter can be resolved.”
In response to PAF strikes this morning as released by MoFA, IAF crossed LOC. PAF shot down two Indian aircrafts inside Pakistani airspace. One of the aircraft fell inside AJ&K while other fell inside IOK. One Indian pilot arrested by troops on ground while two in the area.
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 27, 2019
The Foreign Office of Pakistan has also released a statement:
#Pakistanstrikesback #PAF undertook strikes across LoC from Pakistani airspace. Sole purpose of this action was to demonstrate our right, will and capability for self defence. We do not wish to escalate but are fully prepared if forced into that paradigm#PakistanZindabad
— Dr Mohammad Faisal (@ForeignOfficePk) February 27, 2019
One of the locals of the area has shared a video of the shot down aircraft.
One Indian aircraft is down, apparently having received a combat shot, location is village Greand Kalan 7 Kilometer of Budgam District Indian Occupied Kashmir. #PakistanArmyZindabad#Sialkot pic.twitter.com/UNsaq1Z0RH
— Muazam Farooq (@iam_Mouzam) February 27, 2019
Samaa TV has released exclusive footage of the Indian jet going down.
— Farhan Mallick (@FGMallick) February 27, 2019
It is a developing story, will be updated accordingly.