The two states’ relations went into a downward spiral after the Pakistan Air Force downed at least one Indian jet following their air raid on Pakistani territory. New Delhi said that the airstrike had targeted a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist camp, but Islamabad denies its existence.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has slammed India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for purportedly trying to use false claims of Pakistan using an F-16 in an aerial incident between the two states at the end of February to promote “war hysteria”. He further criticised the Indian government for allegedly trying to lie about downing a Pakistani F-16, something that a recent inspection by Pentagon officials ruled out.
“BJP’s attempt to win elections through whipping up war hysteria and false claims of downing a Pak F 16 has backfired with US Defence officials also confirming that no F16 was missing from Pakistan’s fleet”, he said.
Commenting on the US inspectors’ report, which said that none of the F-16s in Pakistan’s possession were missing, Khan noted that “the truth always prevails and is always the best policy”.
The incident involving the Indian (IAF) and Pakistan (PAF) Air Forces took place on 27 February, but some of the details remain unclear, as the two sides have brought up conflicting info on the matter. Pakistan said that it had downed two IAF MiG-21 planes in response to an earlier Indian air raid on its territory and arrested their pilots….