All the Pakistani F-16 combat aircraft are taken into account, reports the American Foreign Policy magazine referring to the counting of US officials, which contradicts the assessment of the Indian Air Force that it shot down one of the planes in February.
FILE PHOTO – Pakistan Air Force F-16 Fighter (PAF) fights during the air show to celebrate the Independence Day of the country in Karachi, Pakistan on August 14, 2017. REUTERS / Akhtar Soomro
India and Pakistan in an air battle over a controversial Kashmir area the day after Indian planes crossed to Pakistan to attack the anti-Indian militants' suspect camp.
An Indian plane was shot down during a battle and its pilot was captured when he threw himself on the Pakistani side of the border. India said she also shot down a Pakistani aircraft, and the air force showed a part of the rocket that she thought was fired by the Pakistani F-16 before she disappeared.
However, in a foreign policy report released Thursday, two US defense officials who had direct knowledge about it said that US personnel had calculated F-16 Pakistan and admitted that it had not disappeared.
F-16 manufactures Lockheed Martin, and according to an end-user agreement, the United States requires the host country to conduct regular checks to ensure their records and protection, according to foreign policy. Details of Indian-Pakistani airborne engagement were not provided by either party. If the US report turns out to be true, it would be further blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement that India has taught Pakistan a lesson.
The success of Indian air strikes at the Yash-e-Mohammad militant camp in northwest Pakistan has also been questioned after satellite images showed that they had no injuries.
High-resolution satellite imagery published by Reuters last month showed that the religious school run by Yaish was still a few days after India stated its military aircraft were trapped in an Islamist group training camp on the spot and killed a large number of militants.
The ruling party of Bharatiya Janata Modi, who is approaching the rigorous election next week, is campaigning on a platform of rigorous national security, especially with regard to the Pakistani army. New Delhi blames Pakistan for a 30-year rebellion in Kashmir with the Muslim majority, but Islamabad denies any involvement.
Foreign policy stated that Pakistan has invited US officials to physically calculate F-16 aircraft after the incident. Some aircraft were not immediately available for inspection as a result of the conflict, so the American staff took several weeks to answer all the planes, one official said.
The count was completed, and all the aircraft "were present and taken into account", said the official.
India separately asked the United States to look at whether Pakistan's use of F-16 is a violation of the agreement with the end-user.
Report by Sanjaw Miglan; Editing Paul Tahiti