Pakistani F-16 pilot was mistaken to be an Indian, lynched by his own: Report

Wing Commander Shahaz-ud-Din flew for the crack 19 Squadron of the Pakistan Air Force and was the son of an Air Marshal, who had flown both the F-16 and the Mirage 2000.

Published: 01st March 2019 10:44 PM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2019 11:46 AM   |  A+A-

Indian Air Force officials show sections of an exploded Amraam missile said to be fired by Pakistan Air Force F-16s at an IAF, Army and Navy joint press conference at South Block in New Delhi on Thursday.

Indian Air Force officials show sections of an exploded Amraam missile said to be fired by Pakistan Air Force F-16s at an IAF, Army and Navy joint press conference at South Block in New Delhi on Thursday. (Shekhar Yadav | EPS)

By Online Desk

On the day Pakistan handed back IAF fighter pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to India at Wagah, news has emerged that the Pakistan F-16 pilot Wing Commander Shahaz-ud-Din, downed on Wednesday, ended up being lynched by a mob in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) after being mistaken for an Indian. 

According to journalist Aditya Raj Kaul, the pilot of the crashed PAF F-16 was Wing Commander Shahzaz-ud-Din of the No 19 Squadron (sherdils). Russian TV channel RT news also quoted another journalist Ajay Jandyal confirming that the pilot was Shahzaz .

The news of the Pakistan F-16 crashing was first reported by London-based lawyer Khalid Umar. Firstpost's Praveen Swami now claims that Umar was told by relatives of Shahaz-ud-Din of the sad fate that befell him.

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Umar says that after parachuting out of his aircraft, Shahaz landed in the Laam valley that stretches westward from Naushehra to PoK. He was attacked by an angry mob who mistook him for an IAF pilot and ended up lynching him.

The Wing Commander flew for the crack 19 Squadron of the Pakistan Air Force and was the son of an Air Marshal, who had flown both the F-16 and the Mirage 2000.

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Pakistani military spokesperson Major-General Asif Ghafoor had on Wednesday asserted that two Indian jets were shot down and two Indian pilots were captured. He had tweeted that while one of these pilots was in Pakistan armed forces' custody, the other had been admitted to the hospital.

Swami quoted an Indian source as saying that the second 'Indian' pilot whom Ghafoor had initially spoken about might have been Shahaz.

"There was probably miscommunication up the chain of command,” the military source explained.

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  • Paul

    Truth will come when Washington finds out if F-16 was used and who piloted it. I am sure western powers know the truth. It will come out sooner than later.Hang in there.
    10 months ago reply
    • Abbas Khan

      No f 16 was shot down. there is no evidence of it. whereas Pakistan has proper evidence like having abhinandan in there custody
      10 months ago reply
    • Jay

      You think US will admit that an F16 was downed by a MiG21 ?! Especially when they're trying to sell the F16 to India? No chance of that happening.
      10 months ago reply
      • Abbas Khan

        You think entire US economy is dependent on selling F 16 to India?
        10 months ago reply
        • Himanshu

          The current cost of 1 F16 is 115 million USD (i.e 1800 Crore Pakistani Rs). Till now US has sold more than 4500 F16 planes. It has a major contribution in their defence sale and gives big boost for American jobs and security industry. I think this brief information is enough to make you understand the importance of selling of F16 for US.
          4 months ago reply
  • Urwind Krazival

    Mamata didi wants proof of pilot Wing Commander Shahaz-ud-Din being dead and beaten up!
    10 months ago reply
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