In her scoop in foreignpolicy.com, she has attributed to U.S. officials a statement that they have counted the number of Pakistan Air Force F-16s in service and can say that none were lost to the Indian Air Force on Feb 27 this year.
"Indian forces confirmed sighting ejections at two different places on that day", the statement reportedly said. The IAF reiterated that a MiG-21 Bison had shot down the Pakistani F-16 jet in the Nowshera sector. It is reported further that electronic signatures gathered indicate that the PAF jet was a F-16.
"Chief military spokesperson took to Twitter and said that "[it is] time for India to speak [the] truth about false claims & actual losses on their side including the second aircraft shot down by Pakistan" while adding that "India needs introspection especially over atrocities in IOK".
The Pakistani claim that no F-16s had been deployed was refuted by India, which presented fragments of an AMRAAM air-to-air missile that had been recovered on the Indian side of the Line of Control.
This is in contradiction to India's claim that it had shot down one Pakistani F-16 using the R-73 missile fired by Wg Cdr Varthaman. Pakistan released a captured pilot as a "peace gesture", calling for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.
Soon after the shooting down of the IAF MiG-21, piloted by Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, a radio call from Pakistani battalion, 7 Northern Light Infantry (NLI), stated at 12:05 pm: "Yeh enemy ka tabah hua hai jo parinda tha, enemy ka tha".More news: Ethiopian Airlines pilots initially followed Boeing procedures pre-crash
Foreign Policy quoted one of the officials as saying that Pakistan invited the U.S.to physically count its F-16 fleet, which are manufactured by US firm Lockheed Martin.
Even Pakistan intercepts clearly talked about two aircraft going down with two pilots. "Fact is, it was used and.as per the understanding between USA and Pakistan.it should have not been done".
The US official explained that some of the aircraft were not immediately available for inspection after the Pak-India back-and-forth, so it took US personnel a few weeks to account for all the jets.
The reaction from Pakistan was tweeted by Asif Ghafoor, spokesman for the Pakisatni military. However, India was unable to present any physical evidence to back up its claim of having downed an F-16.
Tensions between the South Asian countries reached a fever pitch following a suicide attack on Indian security forces in the disputed territory of Kashmir that killed at least 40 Indian personnel in the town of Pulwama in mid-February.
USA and Pakistan have an end-user agreement over the F-16s, which allows the United States to inspect the fighter jets so that they are "accounted for and protected", the report said quoting an official.
The recent India-Pakistan face-off is expected to boost Modi's chances of re-election in the staggered general elections beginning on April 11.