US Pulls Up Pakistan’s Over Its F-16 Aggression Against India; To Investigate Reported Misuse

US Pulls Up Pakistan’s Over Its F-16 Aggression Against India; To Investigate Reported MisuseA PAF F-16 (Asuspine/Wikimedia Commons)

The United States is seeking more information on the alleged misuse of the American-made F-16 fighter aircraft by Pakistan following India’s initiative to rake up contract details between the US and its neighbour on the AMRAAM missile fired from the US made fighter jet, reports Indian Express.

“We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by Pakistan against India in violation of the end-user agreement,” PTI quoted US State Department as saying, as reported by IE.

“Due to non-disclosure agreements in Foreign Military Sales contracts, we cannot discuss the specifics of end user-agreements contained within,” Lt Colonel Kone Faulkner, a Defence Department spokesperson told PTI.

During a joint briefing by the armed forces last week, parts showing the cover and serial number markings of an AMRAAM missile were displayed.

“There is enough evidence to show that F-16s were used in this mission and Pakistan is trying to hide this fact. Also, parts of AMRAAM air-to-air missile, which is carried only on the F-16s in PAF, were recovered east of Rajouri within Indian territory,” Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor had said in the joint briefing, as reported by Indian Express.

The contract details and part of the missile show that the F-16s were not allowed to be used in an offensive role, the report cited sources as saying.