Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman

Post-Pulwama airstrikes: After losing much ground Pakistan Air Force top brass is using Youtube to play game of one-upmanship with India

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Lalit Shastri

There are Congress party members and sympathisers in India who are forwarding a despicable link of a video published on Youtube by ARY News, a Pakistani news channel with the heading: ” Exclusive: How Indian jets were shot down by Pakistan Air Force on 27th Feb 2019″.

One expected gun camera and radar footage. Instead, the Pakistan Air Force have shown 4 missiles carried by Mig-21 to prove that no missile was fired. This argument by Air Marshal Muhammad Haseeb Paracha of PAF should go in the wastepaper basket.

The Youtube link in question takes you to a live recording of a “Pakistan Air Force Special Show” on 14 September 2019. It is tagged with the heading: “Air Marshal Haseeb Paracha expressing how Indian jets were shot down by Pakistan Air Force in the morning of 27th February 2019 with Indian Air Force.”

The video shows the Pakistan Air Force top brass and others, including members of the diplomatic corps participating in this programme mainly intended to convey the message that the Pak Air Force is superior to the Indian Air Force.

The PAF Deputy Chief of Air Staff, Operations (DCAS-O) Air Marshal Muhammad Haseeb Paracha, in his speech questions the professionalism of Indian Air Force

Paracha drew attention to 4 missiles shown on a big screen and said these missiles attached to the MIG-21 aircraft that was being flown by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman VrC were never fired. Therefore there was no question of Abhinandan shooting down a PAF F-16 aircraft.

Paracha also talked of the revenge they took on 27 February 2019, for the Balakot air strike (which according to him was intended for electoral gain) by targeting military installations on the Indian side – of course by ensuring there was least collateral damage. He used a google map to zoom in on Indian targets in the Poonch, Rajouri and Naushera Sectors. Pinpointing on Narian support depot in the Naushera Sector, he said that it was targeted by the PAF pilots. This statement was a repeat of what Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had said while addressing a joint session of the Pakistani National Assembly on 28 February 2019.

There is no big shake about what has been claimed by Paracha as India has already told the world how they had dropped bombs near Indian military installations on 27 February 2019.

Due to high state of readiness and alertness of Indian Air Force. The Pakistan Air Force was detected and the Indian Air Force responded instantly. In that aerial engagement, one Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft, an F-16, was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman flying a MiG-21 Bison. The Pakistani aircraft was seen by ground forces falling from the sky on the Pakistan side. In this engagement, Abhinandan was captured by the Pakistani’s and his MiG-21 was lost.

Paracha talks of professionalism and thinks he can play games and win in a game of one-upmanship started by the PAF and joined by him from the front.

One expected gun camera and radar footage. Instead, the PAF have shown 4 missiles carried by Mig-21 to prove that no missile was fired. This argument by Air Marshal Muhammad Haseeb Paracha of PAF should land no where else but in the wastepaper basket.

A video on Youtube published by Neo TV network ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqOUooWZgFc ) has been edited and there is a cut at 3.26 minutes and again at 9.47 minutes as the whole sequence gets repeated. In this video, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran khan, in his address, says the pilots are with us…when only Abhinandan was with Pakistan at that time, why was he referring to pilots as plural. Also, when he went live that day, he had said that one pilot was in their custody and the other was in hospital. The pilot in hospital, was obviously a PAF pilot whose F-16 had been shot down by Abhinandan.

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