India says Pakistan targeted Indian military, IAF pilot missing

New Delhi: India on Wednesday accused Pakistan of targeting Indian military installations in response to its counter-terrorism action a day earlier and said an Indian MiG-21 Bison pilot was “missing in action”.

“Against this counter terrorism action (of bombing the JeM training camp), Pakistan has responded this morning by using its air force to target military installations on the Indian side,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told the media.

He said the Indian Air Force (IAF) responded instantly and one Pakistan Air Force (PAF) aircraft was shot down by a MiG-21 Bison.

“The Pakistani aircraft was seen by the ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side,” he said.

“In this engagement, we have unfortunately lost one MiG-21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan has claimed that he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts.”