27 February: When Pakistan Gave A Surprise To India

27 February: When Pakistan Gave A Surprise To India

27 February: When Pakistan Gave A Surprise To India

On February 27, the Pakistan Air Force shot down Indian planes violating the country’s airspace and their pilot had just arrested Abhinandan.

On this very day in 2019 (February 27), the Director-General of the Public Relations Department of the Pakistan Army, ISPR, in a statement issued on the social networking website Twitter, said that

Pakistan Air Force shot down two Indian fighter jets violating Pakistani airspace.

The same tweet further said that one Indian fighter jet crashed in occupied Kashmir while the other plane crashed in the Azad Kashmir area of Pakistan and at the same time it was also stated that the Pak army also arrested an Indian pilot.

A February 14 attack on an Indian Central Reserve Police Force bus in Pulwama, Occupied Kashmir, killed 44 Indian personnel, after which India blamed Pakistan for the attack. I denied the allegations.


Ever since the Pulwama attack, a series of irresponsible statements had been made by the Indian government and based on these irresponsible attitudes, Indian planes had tried unsuccessfully to enter Pakistani territory.

Indian planes did not violate Pakistani airspace for the first time on February 27, 2019. They had done so a day earlier but returned due to timely action by the Pakistan Air Force.

India had alleged that the Pulwama attack was carried out by Masood Azhar, head of the banned Jaish-e-Muhammad organization, and also claimed the death of the mastermind of the attack. However, without any evidence.

In addition, on February 17, the BJP government banned the broadcasting of Pakistan Super League (PSL) 4 in India and not only that, but Indian importers also stopped the import of Pakistani cement, resulting in Pakistan’s cement factories had suffered a loss of crores of rupees.

In response to Indian officials’ allegations, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan offered to co-operate in the investigation if India provided “actionable information” and warned that if India carried out any kind of aggression, Pakistan would Will give a complete answer.

However, India not only rejected the offer of an inquiry but also termed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement untrue.


Later on March 28, Pakistan had said that the initial investigation into the Pulwama attack did not prove any connection of Pakistan to the incident and there was no mention of Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Maulana Masood Azhar in the Indian dossier regarding the attack.

While tensions between the two countries had risen again after the Pulwama incident, on February 26, India claimed that Indian Air Force planes had entered Pakistan and destroyed an alleged terrorist camp.

India claimed that its air force had killed 350 people in an attack on an alleged terrorist camp. However, no evidence of this claim was later presented by the Indian government and it was defeated and severely criticized in its own country.

According to the details available in this regard, the Indian Air Force’s attempt to infiltrate the Azad Kashmir region was thwarted and timely response was given and the enemy planes were forced to flee.

Later, the Director-General of Public Relations (ISPR) of the Pakistan Army had said that the Indian Air Force planes violated the Line of Control (LOC) by trying to enter the Muzaffarabad area of ​​Azad Kashmir.

He had said that the Pakistan Air Force immediately moved in and the Indian planes went back.


The DG ISPR had informed the details that due to the timely response of the Pakistan Air Force, the Indian plane hurriedly dropped the payload near Balakot and fled.

Later, an emergency meeting of the National Security Committee was held under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Imran Khan, in which it rejected Indian claims and said that Pakistan had made it clear that the Indian adventure would be responded to at the appropriate time and place.

Immediately after this important meeting, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Defense Minister Pervez Khattak and Finance Minister Asad Umar held a joint press conference in which Shah Mehmood Qureshi termed the Indian action as aggressive and said that Pakistan will respond.

A Pakistan Army spokesman later warned India during a press conference that India would now wait for Pakistan’s response, which would surprise them. “Our response will be very different. We will decide the place and time for it ourselves.”

The Pakistan Army spokesman had said that there is a saying that a wise enemy is better than a foolish friend but here India also shows foolishness in enmity.

On March 8, 2019, according to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Forest Department, Indian planes dropped payloads at two locations in Balakot, causing 19 trees to be lost.


The Forest Department had issued a report on the damage caused by the Indian attack in Balakot. The report prepared by Sub-Divisional Forest Officer Arif Khan said that the army, journalists and locals should go immediately after the payload was dropped. Arrived at the scene.

International journalists and ambassadors from various countries, including India, visited Balakot on April 11, 2019, to verify Pakistan’s position on India’s claims of attacks on terrorist hideouts in Balakot.

The group was inspected at a place where India had claimed a false airstrike and where there were no signs of casualties or damage to infrastructure.

In this regard, the Pakistan Army Public Relations Department (ISPR) had said that a group of international journalists, including Indians, ambassadors of different countries and defence attaches were affected by the Indian airstrike near Jabba in Balakot on February 26.

The spokesman briefed them on the occasion and international journalists and ambassadors examined the ground realities with their own eyes, contrary to Indian claims.

The delegation also visited a nearby madrassa where India had claimed the deaths of several terrorists.


International journalists and ambassadors spoke freely to students and teachers and saw with their own eyes the madrassa, which was unharmed and where only local children are studying.

In addition, the Jane’s Information Group, America’s most reputable defence media organization, also questioned India’s claim of attacking an alleged terrorist group camp near the Line of Control and killing more than 350 people.

Rahul Bedi, a London-based analyst, told the New York Times that all claims of killing were just rumours.

He said that this seems to be more of a political ploy than anything else, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to show some remarkable actions by India before the elections.

The foreign media had exclusively covered the Pak-India tension and described the situation as highly sensitive for the region.

On February 27, the Pakistan Army, in a timely operation, destroyed two infiltrating Indian Air Force fighter jets and arrested a pilot, Abhinandan.


On the same day, Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ravish Kumar in a brief press conference confirmed the crash of his warplane and the disappearance of the pilot.

The Indian Foreign Ministry in its very brief press conference also claimed that after the air engagement, the MiG-21 Basin shot down a Pakistani Air Force plane that crashed into Pakistani territory.

Pakistan Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor had said in a press conference after the shooting down of two Indian Air Force fighter jets by the Pakistan Air Force that Pakistan had access to Pakistan after India’s attempt to infiltrate Pakistani territory on February 26. There was no choice but to answer.

On November 12, 2019, a statue of Abhinandan Varthaman has been installed in the Pakistan Air Force Museum in Karachi, on which his identical moustache is also visible.

Abhinandan's statue on display in PAF Museum



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