Washington To Investigate If Pakistan Used F-16 Against India

Washington To Investigate If Pakistan Used F-16 Against India March 4, 2019

The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said on Mar. 3 that it is investigating if Pakistan had used the F-16 fighter to shoot down a Indian MiG-21, potentially in violation of U.S. agreements, as the stand-off between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbours appeared to be easing.

“We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information,” a U.S. Embassy spokesperson said. “We take all allegations of misuse of defence articles very seriously.”

A Pakistan military spokesman on Wednesday denied Indian claims that Pakistan used F-16 jets.

While Pakistan has denied using F-16 jets during a dogfight that downed an Indian Mig-21 warplane over Kashmir on Wednesday, it has not specified which planes it used, though it assembles Chinese-designed JF-17 fighter jets in inventory.

On Thursday Indian officials displayed to reporters, parts of what they called an AIM120 air-to-air missile that can only be fired from F-16 jets, alleging they were used to bomb its side of the disputed Kashmir border on Wednesday.

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