Reference News Network reported on March 5 that Reuters reported on March 3 that the United States was trying to find out whether Pakistan had shot down an Indian Air Force MiG-21 using an American F-16 fighter.
On February 27, an Indian Air Force pilot was captured by Pakistan in the disputed area of Kashmir in an air conflict between India and Pakistan.
Pakistans military spokesman denied on February 27 Indias allegations that Pakistan had used F-16 fighter jets.
Pakistans return of captured Indian pilots on 1 March seems to have eased the emergency situation, but both sides remain on high alert.
The U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said on March 3 that it was investigating the use of F-16 by Pakistan to shoot down Indian MiG-21 fighter planes, as this may violate the U.S. foreign arms sales agreement, which has some restrictions on the use of F-16 by Pakistan.
According to the report of Russia Today (RT) on March 2, India claimed to shoot down Pakistans F-16 fighter aircraft and displayed the wreckage of AIM-120 medium-range air-to-air missile. Pakistan refuted the rumor and claimed that it had not launched the fighter aircraft.
Source: Responsible Editor of Reference Message Network: Yao Wenguang_NN1682