On February 27, the ministry of external affairs confirmed that India had lost a MiG-21 Bison aircraft during an air-to-air engagement with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets following the non-military, pre-emptive air strikes in Balakot
New Delhi: India has busted yet another lie of Pakistan.
Pakistan has been constantly denying having used its F-16 aircraft to violate Indian airspace in retaliation to the Indian air strikes in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), but photographs of the fighter jet’s wreckage have now surfaced on social media.
In the picture, the commanding officer of Pakistan’s 7 Northern Light Infantry was seen at the site of the wreckage along with other soldiers. The picture confirmed the claims of the Indian Air Force (IAF) that the Pakistani aircraft fell in PoK.
Sources: Picture of portion of downed Pakistani Air Force jet F16 from yesterday’s failed PAF raid, wreckage was in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Also seen in pic, Commanding Officer of Pakistan’s 7 Northern Light Infantry. pic.twitter.com/weYcB0G5eD— ANI (@ANI) February 28, 2019
Now the question is: How to prove that the wreckage belongs to an F-16 aircraft?
Security analyst Nitin Gokhale took to Twitter to share some pictures which prove that the wreckage was indeed of an F-16 aircraft.
Gokhale shared a picture of the engine of the F-16 aircraft, which had the same ribbed covering that was seen in the picture from the PoK.
Gokhale also tweeted that the US sold new F-16s to Pakistan in 2016 under Foreign Military Financing. Pakistan then promised to use them for fighting terrorism.
Here’s the proof of Pakistan’s F-16 shot down yesterday by India’s MiG-21 pic.twitter.com/EyZdyMrJxo— Nitin A. Gokhale (@nitingokhale) February 28, 2019
On February 27, the ministry of external affairs confirmed that India had lost a MiG-21 Bison aircraft during an air-to-air engagement with the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) jets following the non-military, pre-emptive air strikes in Balakot.
The MEA added that though one PAF aircraft (F-16 fighter jet) was shot down, the pilot of the MiG-21 was “missing in action”.
“One Pakistan Air Force fighter aircraft was shot down by the Indian Air Force. In this engagement, we have lost one MiG 21. The pilot is missing in action. Pakistan claims he is in their custody. We are ascertaining the facts,” said MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar.
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Last Updated Feb 28, 2019, 1:26 PM IST