March 03, 2019
Pakistani soldiers stand next to what Pakistan says is the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan controled Kashmir at Somani area in Bhimbar district near the Line of Control on February 27, 2019. (AFP)
ISLAMABAD – The United States is “seeking information” on whether Pakistan used US-built F-16 jets to down an Indian warplane, the US Embassy in Islamabad said on Sunday, which may violate the F-16 sale agreements between Washington and Pakistan.
Pakistan says it did not use F-16s in shooting down an Indian warplane when it crossed the Line of Control that acts as a de facto border in Kashmir. Islamabad says this was an act of self defense.
“We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information,” a US Embassy spokesperson told Reuters. “We take all allegations of misuse of defense articles very seriously.”
US often inserts restrictions on how its exported military hardware can be used through so-called end-user agreements.