US Rebuked Pakistan For F-16 Misuse Months After Dogfight With India To Retaliate Balakot Airstrikes

Indian Air Force displayed pieces of AMRAAM missile, fired by a Pakistani F-16, as evidence in February

Highlights

  • US rebuked Pak in August for misusing F-16 fighter jets: Report
  • Letter shows US concerns about Pak’s misuse of F-16s over J&K: Report
  • India showed pieces of AMRAAM missile, fired by a Pak F-16, as evidence

Washington:

The United States reprimanded Pakistan Air Force chief in August for misusing F-16 fighter jets by undermining their shared security platforms and infrastructures, a media report in Washington has said, months after the Indian Air Force shot down an F-16 jet of the Pakistan Air Force during an aerial combat over Jammu and Kashmir.

Andrea Thompson, the then-undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs, wrote a letter to Pakistani Air Force Chief Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan in August over the matter, US News reported on Wednesday.

While the letter written did not directly mention the incidents in the immediate aftermath of India’s February 26 Balakot airstrikes, US News quoted a source as saying that the communication served as a direct response to America’s concerns about Pakistan’s misuse of F-16 jets over Jammu and Kashmir in February.

“While we understand from you that these aircraft movements were done in support of national defense objectives, the US government considers the relocation of aircraft to non-US government authorised bases concerning and inconsistent with the F-16 Letter of Offer…

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