PM chides India over false claim of F-16 downing

PM chides India over false claim of F-16 downing

PM chides India over false claim of F-16 downing

The findings directly contradict the account of Indian Air Force officials, which claimed shooting down a Pakistani F-16 in a recent dogfight.

Islamabad claimed that it downed two IAF MiG-21 planes in response to the February 26 Indian air raid on an alleged terrorist camp on Pakistani territory and arrested their pilots.

India's claim of shooting down a Pakistani F-16 in February has been challenged as a report citing unnamed U.S. officials said that all US-supplied fighter jets to the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) have been counted and none is missing, reported IANS.

India has also complained to the United States that Pakistan used American-supplied F-16s in the attack in a possible infraction of the memorandum of sale of the aircraft, and handed over evidence, pieces of an AMRAAM (advanced medium range air-to-air missile) that Pakistani fighter jets had used in the dogfight - no other Pakistani air-force aircraft can fire these missiles. One was an IAF MiG-21 and the other was a PAF aircraft.

IAF sources said radio intercepts showed that two pilots had ejected after the aerial engagement and one of them was admitted to a Pakistani hospital.

According to Foreign Policy magazine, Pakistan had invited the USA to physically count the number of F16s and all fighter planes were accounted for.

From the beginning, India has stated that it shot down one Pakistani aircraft, an F-16.

He said the truth always prevails and is always the best policy.

"The article that came in "Foreign Policy", many people are calling it baseless.Someone showed me on social media that USA officials are also saying that they didn't conduct any such investigation", noted Sitharaman. Now, the United States has come up saying all the Pakistani F-16s are counted. The two sightings were at locations separated by at least 8-10 km.

US based Foreign Policy magazine quoted an unnamed USA defence official as saying that Pakistan had invited the U.S.to "physically count its F-16 planes" after the incident as part of an end-user agreement and after the process "all aircraft were present and accounted for".

Pakistan will release 360 Indian prisoners this month, the foreign office said on Friday, as the nuclear-armed neighbours scale back from a confrontation that prompted world powers to urge restraint.

On Friday, a number of evidence were listed by the IAF to prove that the jet shot down by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was an F-16 jet of the PAF.

Pakistani Armed Forces Spokesman Maj.

India piled the blame for Pulwama bombing on Pakistan without presenting any proof.

They said, Indian ground forces also sighted two parachutes coming down at Sabi Kot and Tandar following the aerial combat on February 27. A large force of PAF F-16s, JF-17s and Mirage III/V aircraft were picked up by IAF radars.

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