Know identity of downed F-16’s pilot: Nirmala Sitharaman

The Indian military knows the identity of the Pakistani pilot whose F-16 was shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman’s MiG-21 “Bison” on February 27, defence minister Nirmala Sitharamansaid here on Tuesday. But she refused to give any more details.

She said Pakistan would not admit having lost the F-16 or its pilot, much like it did not acknowledge the “sacrifices” of its regular soldiers during the Kargil conflict. The F-16 pilot was beaten up by local villagers in Pakistan, and probably died in a hospital, said Sitharaman, adding that “Pakistan lives in a state of denial.”

As for Wing Commander Abhinandan, who suffered acute mental harassment in Pakistan army’s custody, Sitharaman said, “His josh is high. He is extremely cool headed after what he has gone through.  Read More

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