Pakistan Says It Shot Down 2 Indian Warplanes, Captured 1 Pilot

Kashmiri villagers gather near the wreckage of an Indian aircraft after it crashed in Budgam area, outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Feb.27, 2019. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)
February 27, 2019 8:41 a.m.

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s military now says that only one Indian pilot — not two — is in custody but still says they shot down two planes.

Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor tweeted that “only one pilot” is in Pakistan’s custody. The tweet included a picture of a mustachioed man identified as the Indian pilot sipping tea.

An army official who could not be identified under briefing rules said the confusion came from soldiers on the ground. While two planes were shot down, he said one pilot landed inside Pakistani controlled Kashmir and the other on the Indian side of the disputed border.

Despite Geneva Convention rules prohibiting the public display of prisoners , the military circulated a video of the Indian pilot, who was recorded saying he was being well treated and praising the Pakistan military.

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