Following an aerial engagement between the Indian Air Force and the Pakistan Air Force, both sides lost a plane. While the Pakistanis lost an F-16, India lost a MiG 21. Unfortunately for the Indian pilot, he is now under the custody of Pakistan. While the Indian government has not yet revealed the pilot’s name, it is widely reported that his name is Abhinandan Varthaman. Social media is rife with celebrities and politicians praising the pilot. The hashtag #AbhinandanMyHero is trending online with many asking for the safe return of the pilot.
An alleged video of the pilot is being circulated online. In it, the pilot appeared to be calm and composed while being questioned. A number of stars praised his demeanour and lauded him for not divulging any information. Most of the tweets, however, centred around one thought: Bring Abhinandan back to India.
On February 14, a terrorist attack on a convoy killed 40 Indian jawans. Following the attack, India carried out an airstrike on terrorist camps in Pakistan. In a retaliatory action, Pakistan responded with sending fighters to drop bombs in India. As Indian jets scrambled to chase the PAF away, they lost an aircraft and destroyed a Pakistani jet.