ISLAMABAD – Pakistani jets reportedly had an Indian Army Brigade headquarter and an oil depot as their targets. The jets, however, didn’t accomplish their mission and dropped bombs near it, in a signal to India.
PAF did not want to target the military headquarters so as not to escalate the matter.
Indian radar systems, including airborne AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) as well as ground systems, noticed simultaneous activity at different Pakistani air bases in Rawalpindi, Sargodha and Islamabad, Indian media has reported.
A number of Pakistani fighter jets took off simultaneously at 0950hrs and began gathering over northern Pakistan to attack Indian targets in Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian Air Force’s Air Defence Network was activated immediately and MiG-21 and Sukhoi-30 fighter jets were scrambled from Awantipora and Srinagar as the intrusion from Pakistan Air Force occurred in the Naushera sector.
It is reported that three PAF jets entered Indian airspace and were confronted by IAF’s jets.
It is reported that the PAF jets were targetting an Indian Army Brigade headquarter and an oil depot but drop their non-guided bombs at a considerable distance from the intended areas. PAF dropped bombs and Indian jets chased them.
“In that aerial engagement IAF jets were shot down by PAF .
The pilot is missing in action.
India summoned Pakistan’s deputy high commissioner while PM Narendra Modi held meeting with the three chiefs of the armed forces.
Across the border, Imran Khan addressed his nation and said that PAF action was only in retaliation to IAF raids from a day earlier. He renewed his offer for peace.