The Wing Commander had been detained by the Pakistani side on Wednesday following a fierce aerial engagement with India along the Line of Control. Abhinandan’s MiG-21 was shot down after he engaged Pakistani jets that had violated Indian airspace
Claims and counters: As hostilities between the two countries continue to peak, representatives of the Indian Air Force, Army and Navy in a joint press conference on Thursday showed evidence of the neighbouring country’s air force using F16 planes to target “military installations” near the LoC.
Pakistan had earlier claimed that F-16 jets were not a part of the operation—as any such admission would mean a violation of the sale conditions laid down by the US during the procurement of the F-16s.
However,the use of Amraam missile, which can only be mounted on F-16. Displaying the wreckage of the missile as a proof, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said that “there is enough evidence to show that F-16s were used in this mission and Pakistan is trying to hide this fact.”
This was the first official briefing by the Indian defence establishments since the hostilities broke out between the two countries.