The US is asking for more details regarding Pakistan’s alleged misuse of the F-16 aircraft against India. India shared deatils of AMRAAM missile with Washington that was fired from the F-16 fighter jet by Pakistan.
The news reports quoted US State Department as saying, “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.”
“Due to non-disclosure agreements in Foreign Military Sales contracts, we cannot discuss the specifics of end user-agreements contained within,” Lt Col Kone Faulkner, a Defense Department spokesperson told media.
At a joint briefing by the armed forces, Air Vice Marshal R G K Kapoor said: “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.”
The US has imposed nearly a dozen restriction on Pakistan related to its use of F-16. Hence, before jumping at any conclusion, it need to find whether there has been any violation by Pakistan to the F-16 end-user agreement it signed by the United States. The media quoted Pentagon’s Defense Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA) as saying, “F-16 jets were meant to be used to enhance Pakistan’s ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counterterrorism operations.”
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