Did Pakistan shoot down Indian MiG-21 with F-16 ? US investigates
The United States wants to know if Pakistan used US-made F-16 fighter jets to shoot down an Indian MiG-21, which may be a violation of the sale agreement between Washington and Islamabad, Reuters reported citing a spokesperson for the US Embassy in Pakistan.
“We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information. We take all allegations of misuse of defense articles very seriously”, the spokesperson said.
While the Indian military has stepped up accusations against Pakistan, Islamabad has consistently denied having scrambled US-built F-16s, acquired under a “fight against terrorism” program, in the recent Kashmir incident.
In addition, the Indian side claims that a Pakistan Air Force F-16 had been downed and displayed parts of AMRAAM medium-range missile that was recovered in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir, alleging that they had been launched by a US-made jet. Pakistan has strongly denied the allegations, insisting that it has not lost any aircraft.