Indian media has claimed that United States government has declined to share the information with India about using F-16 fighter jets by the Pakistan Air Force during a recent dogfight.
“Soon after we were informed by the Indian side about Pakistan using F-16 aircraft on Feb 27, we informed the Indians that we will not be sharing any information on the subject as it is a bilateral matter between the US and Pakistan,” a US official told Indian media. .
The official said that India understood the US position, which was not India or Pakistan-specific. “If a third country tomorrow wants information about the C130 or C17 or Apaches that the IAF uses, our answer would be the same. It is a bilateral matter between India and the US,” the official added.
The Indian Air Force has claimed that during the aerial fight Pakistan used F-16, which was shoot down b y Indian MIG-21. However Pakistan had denied the allegations with proofs. Pakistan, however, brought down an Indian plane and also captured its pilot who was released on March 1 as a goodwill gesture telecast live on both Indian and Pakistani TV channels.
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