India ready for another strike against Pakistan

India ready for another strike against Pakistan

India ready for another strike against Pakistan

Indian officials said the air raid had struck a camp allegedly linked to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group, which reportedly had claimed responsibility for the February 14 suicide auto bombing in Kashmir's Pulwama district that killed more than 40 Indian security personnel.

The US finding on Pakistan's ground "directly contradicts" India's claim of it using F-16s jet of which one of shot down by the IAF during an aerial dogfight.

US -based Foreign Policy magazine, citing USA officials, said all of Pakistan's F-16 combat jets had been accounted for, contradicting an Indian air force assessment that it had shot down one of the jets.

But IAF categorically denied the claims made in the report saying that the Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems (AWACS) images show there were 11 F-16s and the electronic signatures captured by IAF clearly indicate that it was F-16 that went down. The sources said that while one of the ejections was of an IAF MIG 21 Bison, the other was of a PAF aircraft. News agency ANI, quoting IAF sources, reported that the intercepts of PAF's radio communication confirms that one of the F-16s that violated the Indian airspace did not return to its base.

From the beginning, India has stated that it shot down one Pakistani aircraft, an F-16.

The report was also used by Pakistan's military propaganda establishment to refute Indian claim of shooting down an F-16.

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"Allah be praised, truth always prevails".

The defense officials told the magazine that the USA personnel recently counted F-16s in Pakistan and found none of them missing. The two sightings were at places separated by at least 8-10km. The count had now been completed and all aircraft "are present and accounted for", the official said.

General Ghafoor tweeted a picture Friday of what he said were four unused Indian missiles mounted on the downed MiG-2 to support assertions that no Pakistani aircraft got hit in the dogfight.

In a tweet today (Saturday), he said the United States defence officials have also confirmed that no F-16 was missing from Pakistan's fleet.

The writer has it on good authority it seems, though the two United States defence officials vouching for the same remain unnamed - weightiness of the issue notwithstanding.

The pilot, Abhinandan Varthaman, became a national hero in India after his capture and subsequent "peace gesture" release, with many admirers attempting to emulate his iconic handlebar moustache and some selling merchandise emblazoned with his face. Around 40 minutes later, the soldiers informed their higher-ups, saying that one of the pilots they had taken was Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman while the other one was also caught by the troops of 658 Mujahid Battalion. However, the IAF displayed the wreckage of an unexploded Advanced Medium Range Air to Air Missile (AMRAAM) that was recovered by the Indian Army.

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