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Hours after New Delhi denied the Foreign Policy report that nullified its lies by stating that US defence officials had physically counted the F-16 jet that the IAF claimed to have shot down on 27th February, DG ISPR provided more “evidence” that proves Indian claims are absolutely baseless and false.
Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations, issued astounding revelations on Friday night through his Twitter account, sharing the remains of all four missiles carried by the MiG-21 Bison, the same jet that was carrying Wing Commander Abhinandan and crashed after being shot down by the PAF fighter jet. All four of these missiles have been in Pakistan’s custody, and their presence, with the “seeker heads” intact.
DG ISPR tweeted, “IAF claim of hitting F-16 by their Mig 21 before having been shot down by PAF gets exposed.
This indicates that the missiles were never fired, and exposes the lies behind Indian claims of Wing Commander Abhinandan shooting down an F-16 before ejecting from his MiG-21. DG ISPR tweeted, “IAF claim of hitting F-16 by their Mig 21 before having been shot down by PAF gets exposed.
All 4 missile seeker heads recovered intact from the wreckage & held.” It is evident from the Pakistan Army’s official spokesperson’s statement that the “professional armed forces” of Pakistan could have revealed this evidence to nullify Indian claims at any given moment, but instead, they stayed “humble” and avoided “drum beating”.
IAF claim of hitting F-16 by their Mig 21 before having been shot down by PAF gets exposed. All 4 missile seeker heads recovered intact from the wreckage & held. Pakistan and its professional Armed Forces staying humble by not drum beating. We have more truth on this to share. pic.twitter.com/jOklFU7GDJ
— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) April 5, 2019
He also implied that the Pakistan army has more evidence in its possession that will further contradict the false claims the IAF has made to bolster its image at home. DG ISPR concluded, “We have more truth on this to share”.
IAF Stubbornly Denies Foreign Policy Reports
India has conveniently denied Foreign Policy’s report that reveals that US defence officials have verified that all the F-16 fighter jets in the possession of the PAF are accounted for. The Indian Air Force has stubbornly stuck to its rhetoric and has now stated that it has certain “electronic signatures” that indicated that the PAF fighter jet that was shot down was indeed an F-16.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Indian Air Vice Marshal RGV Kapoor said, “During the aerial engagement that followed, one MiG 21 Bison of the IAF shot down one F-16. The Indian Forces have confirmed ejections at two different places on that day. These were separated by at least 8-10 kms. One was an IAF MiG 21 Bison and the other a PAF aircraft.”
India has conveniently denied Foreign Policy’s report that reveals that US defence officials have verified that all the F-16 fighter jets are accounted for.
Indian Air Vice Marshal Kapoor further alleged, “After the IAF attack on the terrorist camp at Balakot on 26 Feb 19, PAF attempted a riposte on 27 Feb 19. A large force of PAF F-16s, JD 17s and Mirage III/V aircraft were picked up by IAF radars.”
Indian news agency ANI reports that sources in the Indian Air Force revealed that they had intercepted “radio communication of the Pakistan Air Force” which confirmed that one of the F-16 fighter jets that were engaged in the air battle on 27th February “did not return to its base”.
New Delhi Loses its Credibility in International Community
While commenting on the recent “proof” issued by DG ISPR on local TV network GNN, defence analyst (R) General Amjad Shoaib noted that India has presented numerous lies over the military confrontations that ensued in the wake of Pulwama, and it will take some time for these lies to be unraveled. General Shoaib observed that even in the case of the alleged Balakot strike, Pakistan’s invitation to local and international media nullified New Delhi’s baseless claims, and now again, they have been caught in their lie.
“We were constantly denying but now the US has nullified two Indian claims, firstly that there is no clause in our agreement that prohibits Pakistan from using the F-16 fighter jets. And secondly, all F-16 fighter jets are accounted for after the count”.
Indian Air Vice Marshal RGV Kapoor said, “During the aerial engagement that followed, one MiG 21 Bison of the IAF shot down one F-16.The Indian Forces have confirmed ejections at two different places on that day.
(R) General Amjad Shoaib noted that after the revelations of the Foreign Policy report nullified its stance, India resorted to blaming the US for “hiding its embarrassment” as the manufacturer of these fighter jets, and now, Pakistan has unveiled the missiles carried by Wing Commander Abhinandan’s jet, which are intact. He observed, “They (IAF) should be embarrassed and cautious in their future dealings with Pakistan.”
“If Indian lies continue to be nullified in this manner, New Delhi is bound to lose its credibility in the international community. All the accusations they have levelled at Pakistan with references to attacks in Pulwama, Uri and Pathankot, and we kept denying these false claims.
These lies will also be debunked and the international community will see the true face of Indian aggression in Kashmir, and its malignant schemes of implicating Pakistan with baseless accusations of promoting terrorism in Kashmir”, said (R) General Amjad Shoaib Defence Analyst (R) General Shoaib stressed that Pakistan must take India to the International Court of Justice, on the acquittal of the perpetrators of Samjhauta Express and the Indian aggression that claimed multiple Pakistan lives and attempted to malign the country in the wake of the Pulwama attack.
Indian Fiction Nullified by Factual Investigations
In conversation with prominent newsman Ejaz Haider on his primetime show, defence analyst (R) Air Marshal Shahid Zulfiqar noted that on 27th February, India lost three aircrafts, and in order to hide this embarrassment they even provided a “fake name of the Pakistani pilot” whose plane had been allegedly shot down by the MiG-21.
General Shoaib observed that even in the case of the alleged Balakot strike, Pakistan’s invitation to local and international media nullified New Delhi’s baseless claims.
Zulfiqar explained that the F-16 has a unique system of integration that allows the pilot to constantly share information as it was designed to ensure maintenance and safety, which basically indicates all the F-16 fighter jets report data so precautionary measures can be taken in cases of accidents. He noted, “I don’t think the Indian officials can question this, unless they have some evidence, which they never were able to produce”.
While commenting on Foreign Policy’s observation that Wing Commander Abhinandan may have genuinely believed that “scored a hit” on a Pakistani F-16 in the “heat of the battle”, Zulfiqar explained the dynamics behind of a “lock on the F-16”. He explained that the JF-17 or the F-16 is equipped with a radar that scans the area, and allows the pilot to look at particular areas and identify targets that are potential threats. Once the target is designated, the radar stops scanning, and fixes on the target, which is referred to as a lock on the target, allowing the aircraft to launch the missile.
“The absurdity of the Indian claims is that the Bison fleet, which is the upgraded version of the MiG-21, is not equipped with a radar that could allow such capabilities”. (R) AM Zulfiqar further added that when a jet has a lock on another jet, the pilot of the aircraft that has been locked is informed of the lock via an alarm system, leaving a few seconds to take countermeasures. “In the F-16, the pilot is informed what kind of a missile has been launched, is it a heat-seeking or a radar.”
Now that the two accomplishments that Modi and the IAF were boasting in Indian media and amongst Indian public, of shooting down a PAF F-16 and the alleged Balakot air strikes, have both been nullified, analysts are predicting a humiliating defeat for Prime Minister Modi, who has been blamed for warmongering to win the upcoming Indian election after failing to deliver the economic growth he promised.
Michael Kugelman, Deputy Director of the Asia Program, tweeted his observations in the wake up of the Foreign Policy report, “There is now compelling evidence that badly undercuts two prime Indian assertions from its standoff w/Pakistan: India hit terrorist targets in Balakot & it shot down a Pakistani jet. There could be some deleterious political implications there, just days before the election.”
There is now compelling evidence that badly undercuts two prime Indian assertions from its standoff w/Pakistan: India hit terrorist targets in Balakot & it shot down a Pakistani jet.
There could be some deleterious political implications there, just days before the election.
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) April 5, 2019
Mina Jahangir with additional input from News Desk.