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Old videos and photos used by Pakistanis on SM to show captured pilot and Indian aircraft ‘shot down’

According to the MEA statement, Pakistan had responded to India's 'non-military pre-emptive strikes' by using its airforce to target military installations on the Indian side.

Pakistani jets have violated Indian airspace on Wednesday morning and entered the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district reported ANI. They had reportedly dropped bombs but were pushed back by Indian aircraft.

The PAF jets were confronted by the Indian Airforce and the bid to infiltrate was thwarted. Reportedly, Pakistan F-16s attempted to infiltrate but were pushed back by India.

However, Pakistan has resorted to posting old videos to claim that it has shot down two fighter jets of the Indian Air Force (IAF). The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the propaganda wing of the Pakistan armed forces, had issued a statement claiming that the country had shot down two fighters of the IAF and arrested a pilot flying one of these jets.

The first video that the ISPR and Pakistan media are propagating is of a MiG-27 crash in Jodhpur which took place in 2016. The fighter jet depicted on social media platforms by the Pakistani media has a tail number TU657. According to Shiv Aroor, Defence journalist, Pakistan media is showing 2016 images of MiG crash in Jodhpur to claim these are IAF jets shot down today.

Some Pakistani Twitter handles also peddled old videos of February 19 Surya Kiran crash survivor Vijay Shelke in Bangalore, saying it is captured IAF pilot.

Pakistan media and social media were also busy peddling images of a 2018 crash in Odisha trying to suggest they are IAF jets shot down today.

However, the government of India has now confirmed that one Indian pilot is missing and that they are trying to ascertain more details.
According to the MEA statement, Pakistan had responded to India’s ‘non-military pre-emptive strikes’ by using its airforce to target military installations on the Indian side. Pakistan Air Force was detected immediately and Indian Air Force responded instantly to thwart its attempts. In the aerial engagement, one Pakistan jet was shot down by Indian MIG 21 Bison of IAF. The Indian Airforce has lost a Mig 21, the pilot is missing. Meanwhile, Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody.

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