U.S. count found no Pakistan F-16 jet missing

U.S. count found no Pakistan F-16 jet missing

This electronic signature, which is a kind of vibration or radiation during flight, is unique for every aircraft like the human signature.

Pakistan's F-16 combat jets have all been accounted for, USA -based Foreign Policy magazine said, citing US officials, refuting claims of the Indian Air Force (IAF) that it had shot down one of the jets in the February standoff.

A US count of Pakistan's F-16 jets revealed none to be missing, the USA officials told Foreign Policy, undercutting India's position that its air force shot down a Pakistan Air Force jet in a clash that also led to the loss of a Soviet-era Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison.

But now the count has been completed, and "all aircraft were present and accounted for", the magazine quoted the official as saying.

Lara Seligman of the magazine later updated the story, saying "the F-16s Pakistan bought from Jordan have also been included in the count and even third-party transfers of U.S. equipment must go through the United States government".

India hurriedly called hand-picked media persons for an in-camera briefing in a bid to control the damage done by the FP report which has gone viral.

"Doosra ek zakhmi hai woh military hospital mein hai (the other one is injured and is in the military hospital)", it said. "We have more truth on this to share", wrote Ghafoor in a tweet along with a picture of 4 missiles.

Sources also drew attention to the statements by Director General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan who initially claimed that PAF had shot down two aircraft and captured two IAF pilots.

"India needs introspection especially over atrocities in IOK [Indian Occupied Kashmir]. Region needs peace, progress & prosperity". One was an IAF Mig-21 Bison and the other a PAF aircraft.

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The findings, the magazine said, directly contradict the account of Indian Air Force (IAF) officials, who said that Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman managed to shoot down a Pakistani F-16 before his own plane was downed by a Pakistani missile.

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday rebuked Indian leadership over its false claim of shooting down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet in a dogfight amid growing tension between the two countries in February.

"All 4 missile seeker heads recovered intact from the wreckage & held".

India's air strikes against a terrorist camp in Pakistan, a new jobs quota and cash handouts to farmers have lifted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity back to peak levels, according to a pre-election survey.

According to reports in Pakistani newspaper Dawn, of the 360 prisoners that are going to be released, 355 are fishermen and 5 are cilvilians.

Foreign policy magazine cited a senior USA defence official to say the physical count was conducted at the invitation of Pakistan. "It is effectively a slap in India's face".

The magazine noted "the count, conducted by US authorities on the ground in Pakistan, sheds doubt on New Delhi's version of events, suggesting that Indian authorities may have misled the worldwide community about what happened that day".

Asked why would United States authorities be compelled to release such information given Washington's push to cultivate a multi-faceted partnership with New Delhi, both Shaikh and Shamshad said it was a "requirement in a sense" for the Americans. "Electronic signatures gathered by us indicate that the PAF aircraft was a F-16", the IAF said in the statement.

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