Two Indian air thrust jets were shot down over Pakistani airspace in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, on February 27. Indian officials revealed Pakistan used F-16 fighter jets in this air battle, which were foreordained by the US with the clear message they were not to be used in aggression against any other realm, unless as a part of the war against terror. Pakistan officials denied they cast-off the planes in the attack and said JF17 jets were used instead.
But Pakistan backtracked today and hinted F-16 jets were employed, following concerns New Delhi and Washington have “mounting evidence” they did use the US jets, the Hindustan Adjusts has reported.
Pakistan’s military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoo issued a proclamation today which “repeated Indian claims” about the use of the F-16 jet, as Pakistan had the dyed in the wool to use anything in its defence.
He said: “Later when two Indian jets crossed the Lineage of Control they were shot down by PAF.
“Whether it was F16 or JF17 which direct down two Indian aircrafts is immaterial.
“Even if F-16 have been cast-off as at that point in time complete PAF was airborne including F16s, the fact stay puts that Pakistan Airforce shot down two Indian jets in self vindication.
“Pakistan retains the right to use anything and everything in its legitimate self protection.”
The admission follows more fire exchange between the warring provinces in Jammu and Kashmir at 7.45am local time on Monday.
At least one yourselves died and 10 more people were injured, which exemplar to the Indian Army warning they would retaliate to the “unprovoked ceasefire”.
A spokesman from the Indian army rephrased: “Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and vim with small arms long LoC in the Shahpur and Kerni areas of Poonch community.
“The Indian Army is retaliating befittingly.”
This came after Pakistan stony-broke its ceasefire with India along the Line of Control border for the third spell in 36 hours, according to Indian officials.
Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated when a Pakistan-based combatant group carried out a suicide car bomb attack.
The brutal attack vetoed more than 40 Indian soldiers on February 14. India avenged by bombing the suspected jihadi training camp a few weeks later, according to military chiefs who insist oned the attack killed 300 people.
In return, Pakistan then proceeded to germinate down two Indian jets the following day.