On 27 Feb 2019, as promised to the Nation, Pakistan Air Force (PAF) decided to give its desired response to Indian attempted aggression on 26 Feb 2019. The retaliatory package was launched in board daylight , comprising of F-16s and JF-17s from PAF Base Mushaf in the air to air role, protecting strike package of Thunders and Mirages. The package was provided electronic warfare support by DA-20 and combat controlling was also carried out by air defence controllers from PAF Base Musaf. PAF struck Indain Army Garrisons in response to the IAFs abortive strike. In the ensuring Air Battle, the gallants of PAF again from PAF Base Mushaf shot down an enemy SU-30 MKI and Mig 21 Bison aircraft.
Wg Cdr Abhinandan Varthaman flying the Mig-21 Bison was taken as Prisoner of War (POW). The overwhelming qualitative application of Air power by PAF left the Indians in disarray and created a profound fog of confusion during which IAF shot down one of its own MI-17 Helicopter, a classic case of fratricide.
The aerial encounter proved PAF‘s definite edge of its qualitative training, superior planning and swift execution. Eagles of Mushaf also carried their rich legacy and proved equal to the task.
However the purpose of the mission was not to foster an environment of an all-out War but to essentially demonstrate the Pakistan had to resolve as well as the capability of responding in kind.