- ‘Abhinandan Vardhaman F-16 not shot down’
- Pakistan called India’s argument completely baseless
- India’s airstrikes on February 27, 2019
Wing Commander Abhinandan Vardhaman, on February 27, 2019, fired a Pakistan F-16 jet from his MiG-21. Abhinandan was arrested by Pakistan Army and released at midnight on March 1.
Abhiyanandan Vardhaman, President of the United Nations After the Param Vir Chakra and the Maha Vir Chakra Awards, this was the third highest honor given to war heroes and awarded to Abhinandan Vardhaman.
The Pakistan Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Pakistan explicitly rejects India’s unfounded argument that an Indian pilot shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter plane in February 2019.
A Year for Balakot Airstrikes: Significant Surgical Strikes of the Indian Army
International experts and US officials have already taken account of Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jets and confirmed that no F-16s were shot down that day. The release of the pilot is a testament to Pakistan’s desire for peace despite India’s hate and aggressive policy, the Foreign Ministry said.
India has retaliated with airstrikes on Pulwama militants that killed 40 CRPF fighters on February 14, 2019. On February 26, 2019, India launched an airstrike on the militant camps of Jaishee Mohammed organizations in Balakot, Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.
Between 3.30 and 3.55 am on the morning of February 26, Jaish militants camped in Balakot, Pakistan, carrying 12 Mirage-2000 fighter jets. The attack was carried out by the Indian Air Force about 85 km from the border crossing. About 300 militants were killed in the attack. As soon as India became aware of a major offensive on its ground, Pakistan also made a counter attack. Wing Commander Abhinandan had shot down an F-16 aircraft during Pak’s counterattack.