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SOURCE:  SHIVA MUDGIL / FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG

Former Diplomat and Pakistani political Analyst Zafar Hilaly recently made a sensational claim to a private Pakistani news channel that, as per his sources in Pakistani military establishments, Pakistan has in its custody an Israeli Pilot who took part in aerial operations against Pakistan recently while flying Indian fighter jet and was captured after he was shot down by Pakistani Air force.

Pakistani Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi maintained that Two Indian fighter jets were shot down by the Pakistani air-force and one of the pilot flying Mig-21Bis was recently returned to India. Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor who is official Spokesperson for combined Pakistani Armed Force initially had claimed that Pakistan has in its custody three Indian pilots from Two jet that PAF claims to have shot down but by end of the day confirmed only one Indian pilot in its custody who was identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

Pakistan air-force claims that second Indian jet crashed on the Indian side of the border, yet have not released any information on the make of second Indian fighter jet it claims to have shot down, nor it has revealed HUD camera shot or Video footage of the drowned second Indian fighter jet. Pakistani media and Twitterati’s had claimed that second Indian fighter jet was Sukhoi-30MKI which was dismissed by IAF as a fragment of their imagination and have confirmed only one loss of Mig-21bis and also claimed one F-16 kill by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.

Pakistani media already has reported that combined Indo-Israeli operations against Pakistan were successfully thwarted by the Pakistani air force and Pakistani Army without revealing much evidence or proof of such bizarre claims. Conspiracy theories of Israeli Pilot in Pakistani custody seems to be extensions of such bizarre claims which have been floated by Pakistani military establishment.

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