PAFs F-16 was shot down, asserts IAF; Refutes US media reports

Saul Bowman
April 7, 2019

After the February 27 dogfight, India had complained to the USA that Pakistan misused the F-16 and also showed as evidence a piece of an AMRAAM (advanced medium-range air-to-air missile) that can be only fired from a US-made F-16 which are with PAF.

The United States defence department on Friday said it was "not aware" of any investigation that was conducted to ascertain if Pakistan had lost an F-16 in a fight with Indian fighter jets on February 27. And then when Delhi scurried to jot down a flimsy rebuttal, the Pakistani military revealed more proof to dismantle the very basis of Indian claim.

Pakistan's agreement with the United States does not prevent it from using F-16 fighter jets in a conflict with India, and Indian claims of shooting down a Pakistani aircraft in a recent dogfight between the two nations is untrue, according to an influential US -based publication.

The defense officials told the magazine that the U.S. personnel recently counted F-16s in Pakistan and found none of them missing.

"All aircraft were present and accounted for", the official was quoted as saying by the magazine.

But the U.S. defence department on Saturday told the Hindustan Times that they were unaware of their men carrying out any investigation on the F-16s.

There was no immediate official comment from India on the Foreign Policy report. The Pakistani military said its stance has been vindicated.

Taking to Twitter, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Saturday, "The truth always prevails and is always the best policy". India needs introspection especially over atrocities in IOK (Indian Occupied Kashmir).

India will need to learn that peace in the region will make genuine and meaningful development possible.
"Later when 2 Indian jets crossed LOC they were shot down by PAF". One was an IAF MiG-21 Bison, which Wing Commander Abhinadan Varthaman was flying and the other a PAF aircraft. All 4 missile seeker heads recovered intact from the wreckage and held.

The wing commander landed in Pakistan and was captured by Pakistan's armed forces.

Many agreements on the sale of USA military hardware to third countries include clauses allowing US officials to regularly inspect the equipment.

The Indian claim of decimating the "largest terrorist training camp" in Pakistan in the Feb 26 so-called air strike has already been shred to pieces by global media and experts.

According to the India TV report, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) met on Tuesday to discuss the future strategy on Pakistan.

But the reported account is at odds with the US Foreign Policy document which contends India did not in fact commandeer the Pakistani aircraft. "It is effectively a slap in India's face".

The count, conducted by USA authorities on the ground in Pakistan, casts doubt on India's version of events, suggesting that Indian authorities may have misled the worldwide community about what happened that day, it adds.

"Everyone knows about the so-called cross-LoC "surgical strike" that India claimed it carried out but could not prove", he said.

But more than the Indian authorities, sections of the Indian media continue to propagate the myth that indeed a Pakistani F-16 had been downed.

After denying for weeks that it had used the US-made F-16 in the aerial combat with New Delhi on February 27, Pakistan recently said that "it retains the right to use anything and everything in its legitimate self-defence".

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