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PAF pilot who was assaulted by the mob with Abhinandan


Two fighter jets were smashed down on the morning of February 27, one IAF aircraft and the other PAF aircraft. While both aircraft pilots were thrown away and landed in Pakistan, their fates differed dramatically.

The pilot of the crashed PAF F-16, according to reporter aditya Raj Kaul, was commander of the No. 19 Squadron's (sherdils) wing Shahz-ud-din. RT news from Russian television channel also quoted another journalist Ajay Jandyal who confirmed that Shahzaz was the pilot. Ironically, a crowd of local people was apprehended by both pilots, India's Abhinandan Varthaman and Pakistan's Shahzaz-Ud-Din. While the Pakistani army rescued and put Shahzaz in custody, Shahzaz didn't have that good fortune. 

Similarities are striking with Abhinandan and Shazaz. Both pilots are members of decorated families with multiple members in their respective countries ' armed forces. Retd Air Marshall Simhakutty Varthaman's father Abhinandan was also a pilot from Air MIG and was able to improve the IAF's firepower. 

The father of Shazaz, also an Air Marshal, was a fighter pilot and the DCAS (Operation). Simhakutty retired as commander-in-chief of the Eastern Air Command in 2012, commissioned to the IAF in 1974. Air Marshal Waseem, a Pakistan Air Force commissioned in 1977, finished his career as an Air Defense Commander Officer. 

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