US to probe misuse of F-16 fighter jets by Pakistan in raid on Kashmir

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US to probe misuse of F-16 fighter jets by Pakistan in raid on Kashmir

IAF had said the jets were used for an aerial raid on Indian military installations.


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Published: Sun 3 Mar 2019, 7:59 AM

Last updated: Sun 3 Mar 2019, 10:05 AM

The US is seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by it against India in violation of the end-user agreement, the State Department has said.
The Indian Air Force on Thursday displayed parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile as evidence to "conclusively" prove that Pakistan deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir after India's anti-terror operation in Balakot.
Pakistan's denial
Pakistan on Wednesday categorically said that no F-16 fighter jets were used and denied that one of its planes had been downed by the Indian Air Force.
"We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information," a State Department spokesperson said when asked about reports that Pakistan had violated the end-user agreement with the US in this week's border clash with India.
"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 Defence Department spokesperson told PTI.
The United States, which is the largest seller of high-tech defence equipment globally, has a strong end-user monitoring agreement, and as a matter of practice takes all allegations of misuse of defence articles very seriously.

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