There are eyewitness accounts, evidence of Abhinandan shooting down F-16: MEA

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 09 March 2019, 12:02 PM
There are eyewitness accounts, electronic evidence of Abinandan Varthaman shooting down Pakistan’s F-16: MEA
There are eyewitness accounts, electronic evidence of Abinandan Varthaman shooting down Pakistan’s F-16: MEA

There are eyewitness accounts and electronic evidence that Pakistan deployed F-16 and one F-16 aircraft was shot down by IAF pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in the ministry’s weekly media briefing. He also said that evidence of the use of AMRAAM Missile, which can only be deployed on the F-16 with Pakistan, has also been shown to the media. Pakistan should explain why it continues to deny that its F-16 aircraft has been shot down?

The ministry of external affairs has also asked the United States to examine whether the use of F-16 against India is in accordance with the terms and conditions of sale. It was reported last week that the United States had sought more information from Pakistan on the potential misuse of F-16 fighter jets against India in violation of what it is called the end-user agreement, the State Department said. Pakistan had acquired the F-16 fighter jets from US to ‘fight against terrorism’ in 2008. However, the country has long been using the assets acquired from the US against India.

Earlier in the week, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino had said that they "have seen those reports and we’re following that issue very closely." are during an aerial raid targeting Indian military posts in Kashmir following India’s anti-terror strike on Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot. He also said, “I can’t confirm anything, but as a matter of policy, we don’t publicly comment on the contents of bilateral agreements that we've in this regard involving US defense technologies, nor communications that we've with other countries about that.”

First Published: Saturday, March 09, 2019 11:42 AM
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