Pakistan Captures Indian Pilot | Two Jets Shot Down

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The Indian government has said an Indian pilot is "missing in action" after an Air Force aircraft shot down a Pakistani jet that was targeting military installations in India.

With an Indian pilot in Pakistan's custody following an aerial encounter with the Indian Air Force over the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir today, there were calls to treat him humanely and in accordance to the Geneva Conventions.

According to experts, Pakistan had violated the conventions by releasing a purported video showing him tied up and bloodied on social media.

The Indian government said an Indian pilot was in Pakistan's custody after a fighter jet was shot down in an encounter with Pakistani Air Force planes trying to target military installations in India this morning. It said it expected the pilot's immediate and safe return.

This came after Pakistan claimed "strikes across Line of Control from within Pakistani airspace", in the worst escalation of hostilities between the countries in decades following India's air strike to target a terror camp in Balakot on Tuesday.

At a press briefing earlier in the day, he said that two pilots were “arrested” after Pakistani fighter planes shot down two Indian Air Force jets after they crossed the Line of Control (LoC).

Ghafoor had claimed that the second pilot was injured and receiving treatment at a hospital. “Two air force jets crossed over the LoC. Pakistan’s Air Force was ready. We engaged them and shot down two of their jets,” he said. 

Our prayers are with Wing Commander AbhinandanVarthaman and his family. We pray for his safe return early.

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