Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the Indian Air Force shot down a Pakistani Air Force fighter aircraft, after Islamabad targeted military installations on India’s side of the border.
“In this engagement, we have lost one MiG 21,” he said, adding that the pilot was “missing in action”.
“Pakistan claims he is in their custody,” Kumar said. “We are ascertaining the facts.”
Based on a video that was circulated on Pakistani television channels and on social media, Indian media has identified the pilot as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. Other videos soon emerged, showing him drinking tea with Pakistani officials and telling the camera that he was being well treated.