Pakistan on Monday for the first time indicated that F-16s might have been used to hit Indian fighter jets in the middle of the aerial struggle on February 27 and talked about Islamabad retains the exact to utilize “anything and everything” in its self-defense.
Pakistan’s navy spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor issued an announcement nearly what he talked about “repeated Indian claims” about capturing down of Pakistani F-16 by India and use of F-16 inside the air battle on February 27.
“As regards Pakistan Air Force (PAF) action for strikes across Line of Control, it was done by JF-17 from within Pakistan airspace,” he talked about.
Later, when two Indian jets crossed the Line of Control, they’ve been shot down by the PAF, he claimed.
“Whether it was F-16 or JF-17 which shot down 2 Indian aircraft is immaterial,” he talked about.
He extra talked about: “Even if F-16 have been used as then complete PAF was airborne including F16s, the fact remains that Pakistan Airforce shot down two Indian jets in self-defense.”
Ghafoor talked about that Pakistan had correct to utilize one thing for its protection.
“India can assume any type of their choice even F-16. Pakistan retains the right to use anything and everything in its legitimate self-defense,” he talked about.
He moreover rejected that any F-16 was destroyed by Indian Air Force inside the dogfight.
“The event of February 27 is part of history now. No Pakistani F-16 was hit by Indian Airforce,” he talked about.
Last month, Ghafoor talked about that solely JF-17 was utilized in opposition to India on February 27.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the February 14 assault by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed in Pulwama that killed 40 CRPF troopers.
Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting what it talked about was a JeM teaching camp in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26. The subsequent day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in an aerial struggle and captured an Indian pilot, who was handed over to India later.