India-Pakistan tensions: Doubts swirl around F-16 claims from Delhi and Islamabad

Top: Indian Armed Forces officials showing wreckage from an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile found in Indian territory, allegedly fired by a Pakistani F-16. Above: Pakistani soldiers standing next to what Islamabad claims is the wreck
Indian Armed Forces officials showing wreckage from an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile found in Indian territory, allegedly fired by a Pakistani F-16.PHOTO: EPA-EFE, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE
Top: Indian Armed Forces officials showing wreckage from an AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile found in Indian territory, allegedly fired by a Pakistani F-16. Above: Pakistani soldiers standing next to what Islamabad claims is the wreck
Pakistani soldiers standing next to what Islamabad claims is the wreckage of an Indian fighter jet shot down in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir.PHOTO: EPA-EFE, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Did Pakistan use its F-16s against India in its recent offensive, violating an end-user agreement with the United States? And did India shoot down one of these aircraft in the dogfight that ensued in the skies over Kashmir?

With little evidence shared officially by both sides so far, these two questions continue to generate divergent opinions more than a week after India's cross-border strikes in Balakot on Feb 26, and Pakistan's retaliation the day after.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 10, 2019, with the headline 'Doubts swirl around F-16 claims from Delhi and Islamabad'. Print Edition | Subscribe