Karachi: US Defense Officials have debunked India’s claims of shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet in an aerial battle during the February standoff between the two nuclear powers, Foreign Policy Magazine reported on Thursday.
The US officials with direct knowledge of the situation have told the Foreign Policy that US personnel has recently counted Islamabad’s F-16s and found none missing. Hence, India’s claim of shooting down Pakistan’s F-16 was based on false assumptions.
The count, conducted by US authorities on the ground in Pakistan negated New Delhi’s version of events, suggesting that Indian authorities may have misled the international community about what happened that day as all the claims of Indian civil and military leadership appeared to be wrong during the investigation process.
It is pertinent to note that the Modi government’s claim to down Pak jet in February 27 dogfight was made to gain political mileage by the ruling party. This is indeed a dirty politics played by Modi. The Indian opposition parties too accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of exaggerating the event to improve its image in the upcoming elections.