Pak F-16 pilot was lynched by his own people

Pak F-16 pilot was lynched by his own people

File picture of cross section of F16 engine and wreckage of downed Pakistani F16 jet. ANI

On March 1, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman walked his way to freedom much to the delight of his countrymen. Meanwhile, a family in Pakistan is in mourning. 

Pakistan Air Force Wing Commander Shahaz-ud-Din, the F-16 pilot shot down in a dogfight over the Nowshera sector, is reported to have been lynched by a mob who mistook him for an Indian airman, according to Firstpost.

Both men hail from military families. Wing Commander Varthaman’s father, S Varthaman, as Air Marshal; Shahaz-ud-Din’s father, Waseem-ud-Din, is also an Air Marshal of the Pakistan Air Force, who has flown F-16 and Mirages, it says.

The news that Shahaz-ud-Din's plane was shot down was first reported by London-based lawyer Khalid Umar. He says he received it from individuals related to the F-16 pilot’s family.

These sons engaged each other in the air. Abhinandan was taken a prisoner of war and has returned home. Shahaz-ud-Din, on the other hand, was killed by his own people.

According to Umar’s account, Shahaz-ud-Din parachuted safely. He was then attacked by a mob after the F-16 crash-landed — possibly in the Laam valley, stretching out westward from Naushehra into Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Shahaz-ud-Din, Umar has claimed, was hospitalised, but succumbed to his injuries, adds Firstpost.