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Pakistan publishes video of captured Indian pilot

ISLAMABAD, Feb 27, 2019 (BSS/AFP) – Pakistan’s state media Wednesday
published a video showing an Indian fighter pilot who was captured after his
jet was shot down when it entered Pakistani airspace in Kashmir.

Two Pakistani security sources told AFP the video was authentic.

It shows a blindfolded man in an Indian Air Force uniform, his face
bloodied, with his hands tied behind him, as a soldier interrogates him.

He gives his name, rank and serial number and when pressed for further
information says, “I am not supposed to tell you that.”

In a photograph, which has also been confirmed by security sources, the
pilot can be seen flanked by Pakistani military personnel.

The Pakistani military released a second video hours later showing the
same man sitting in a room in an unknown location drinking a cup of tea.

“The tea is fantastic,” he says in English, adding that he is married and
being treated well, but politely declining to answer further questions.

Both Pakistan and India Wednesday claimed they had shot down each others
warplanes, in a dramatic escalation of the dangerous confrontation between
the nuclear-armed rivals.

Islamabad said it downed two Indian jets in its airspace and captured two
pilots, but insisted it does not “want to go towards war” with its neighbour.

Pakistani military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said one of the
downed Indian planes had fallen in Pakistani-held Kashmir, while the other
came down on the Indian side of the heavily militarised de facto border
dividing the territory.

He said one of the captured pilots was in custody and the other was in
hospital.

The Indian foreign ministry said only one of its planes had been shot
down.

“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,” said
Indian foreign ministry spokesman Rajeesh Kumar.

He also said a Pakistani jet had been shot down by Indian forces. Pakistan
denied that any of its planes have been downed.

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