United States verifying reports of Pakistani violation of F-16 agreement

First Published 1, Mar 2019, 2:02 PM IST
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United States verifying reports of Pakistani violation of F-16 agreement
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The Indian forces have furnished incontrovertible evidence of Pakistan using F-16 fighter jets in its air strikes on our military installations in contravention of the western neighbour's agreement with the United States that these fighters can be used on terrorists alone

Washington, DC/New Delhi: After Indian Air Force (IAF) exposed Pakistan’s lie of not using the US-made F-16s and Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAMs) for violating Indian airspace and hitting an Indian fighter jet, the US will verify the reports to check if their purchase agreement was violated by Pakistan.

The US is checking if their assets were misused by Pakistan while carrying out attack on India. According to the US-Pakistan agreement on F-16s, these aircraft cannot be used by Pakistan for military offence against another country; they have to be used solely to hit terrorists.

Indian Air Force on Thursday showed concrete evidence of how Pakistan used American-made F-16s AMRAAMs for planning an air-strike on Indian military establishments which was thwarted by Indian jets.

IAF also showed the parts of AMRAAM,  which can be used only in American F-16s -- of all the fighter jets Pakistan has.

“There is enough evidence to show that F-16s were used in this mission and Pakistan is trying to hide this fact. Also, parts of AMRAAM air-to-air missile, which is carried only on the F-16s in PAF, were recovered east of Rajouri within Indian territory,” Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said at a joint briefing by the armed forces where parts showing the cover and serial number markings were displayed.

IAF sources told MyNation that they have other pieces of digital evidence that show how Pakistan violated their contractual obligations with the US.

India will be sharing this evidence with the US to emphasise that the western neighbour is misusing assets it may have acquired under the 'fight against terrorism' banner in 2008.

In the past, some US lawmakers had raised an objection on the sale of F-16s to Pakistan as they feared it would use these jets against India.

The AMRAAM missile is manufactured by American firm Raytheon, and is available in many variations, and has been sold to many countries including Taiwan, Finland, the UAE, Turkey and Pakistan.

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