For the first time, Pakistan names second hero pilot who shot down India’s Sukhoi Su-30 warplane

08:13 PM | 6 Mar, 2019
For the first time, Pakistan names second hero pilot who shot down India’s Sukhoi Su-30 warplane
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has revealed the names of its pilots who shot down two Indian warplanes last week, in a fierce aerial engagement over the Line of Control, which divides the disputed and divided region of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Two Indian planes were shot down by Pakistan air force on February 27,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told the country’s Parliament Wednesday in a formal announcement for the first time.

He named them as Squadron Leader Hassan Siddiqui and Wing Commander Nauman Ali Khan, saying he wanted to "pay tribute" to them both.

Wing Commander Nauman Ali Khan with Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan.–File photo|Twitter

A day after IAF fighter jets claimed to have hit a militant camp in Balakot in Pakistan, early dawn on Feb 26 saw retaliation from the Pakistan Air Force (PAF).

After an aerial engagement in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowshera sector the next day (Feb 27), Pakistan claimed that it captured one Indian pilot.

The downed pilot was identified as Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman and seen in a video of what appears to be an interview at a Pakistani Air base, in which he praised the professionalism of Pakistan Army but denies to share any sensitive information.

His warplane, MiG 21 Bison, hit by Sqn Leader Hassan Siddiqui, had crashed on Pakistani side of the Line of Control, while the second IAF fighter jet Sukhoi Su-30, which was downed by Wing Commander Nauman Ali Khan, landed on the Indian side.

Squadron Leader Hassan Siddiqui, who shot IAF's MiG-21 Bison over LoC on Feb 27.

While the capture IAF pilot, Abhinandan, was returned to India Friday, crossing the Wagah border on foot, the fate of the second Indian pilot is still unknown.

India, for its part, agrees that a second plane was shot down - but says it was a Pakistani plane, which Pakistan denies.

In recent days the nuclear-armed Asian countries have come closer to conflict than in years, after a suicide bombing in Indian-administered Kashmir killed 40 Indian paramilitaries on Feb 14.

Twelve days later, Indian jets bombed what New Delhi called a “terrorist training camp deep inside Pakistan”.

Pakistan has denied any damage or casualties, and independent reporting has shown the strikes hit a heavily forested area with little infrastructure nearby. Residents have said just one person was injured, a crow killed and few pine trees uprooted.

Pakistani and Indian soldiers have continued to fire over the Line of Control - the de-facto border dividing Kashmir - in the days since, killing several civilians on both sides.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since the end of British colonial rule in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in full and have fought two wars over it.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk


Today Currency Rates in Pakistan - Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, Riyal - 24 July 2024

Pakistani rupee rates against US Dollar and other currencies on July 24, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR Rate Today

US dollar was being quoted at 278.4 for buying and 280.1 for selling. Euro's buying rate remains stable at 301.35 and selling rate is 303.45.

British Pound rate is 354.5 for buying, and 358.35 for selling. UAE Dirham AED was at 76.5 and Saudi Riyal hovered at 73.6.

Currency Rates Today

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 278.4  280.1 
Euro EUR 301.35 303.45
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354.5 358.35
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.5  77.25
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.60 74.32
Australian Dollar AUD 184.75 186.55
Bahrain Dinar BHD 741.15 749.15
Canadian Dollar CAD 203.50 205.50
China Yuan CNY 38.35 38.75
Danish Krone DKK 40.05 40.45
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.70 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 36.05 36.05
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 908.25 917.35
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.95 59.75
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.24 171.24
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.04 26.34
Omani Riyal OMR 722.87 730.89
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.39 77.09
Singapore Dollar SGD 202.00 204.00
Swedish Korona SEK 26.40 26.70
Swiss Franc CHF 309.05 311.55
Thai Bhat THB 7.50 7.65


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