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The report says that US bills show that no Pakistan F-16 shot into Indian fight

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – All Pakistan's F-16 fighter aircraft are reported, the US-based foreign policy magazine said, citing a bill of US officials who contradict an Indian air defense assessment that it had shot down one of those jets in February. FILOT PHOTO – Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter aircraft F-16 flying during an air show to celebrate its independence day in Karachi, Pakistan August 14, 2017. REUTERS / Akhtar Soomro India and Pakistan engaged in a flight battle over the disputed Kashmir region one day after Indian jets crossed over to Pakistan to attack a suspected camp of Indian Indians. An Indian ray was taken down during the fight and its pilot was captured when he was ejected on the Pakistani side of the border. India said it had also shot down a Pakistani airplane and the Air Force showed bits of a missile it said had been fired by a Pakistani F-16 before it went down. However, in a report published on Thursday, foreign policy said two US defense administrators with direct knowledge of the matter said that US staff had made a speech by Pakistan's F-16s and found that no one was missing. The F-16s are made by Lockheed Martin and, according to an end-user agreement, the United States required the host country to allow regular inspections to ensure that they were reported and protected, foreign policy said. Detailed information on India's airline engagement has not been provided by any side. If the US report proves to…

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – All Pakistan’s F-16 fighter aircraft are reported, the US-based foreign policy magazine said, citing a bill of US officials who contradict an Indian air defense assessment that it had shot down one of those jets in February.

FILOT PHOTO – Pakistan Air Force (PAF) fighter aircraft F-16 flying during an air show to celebrate its independence day in Karachi, Pakistan August 14, 2017. REUTERS / Akhtar Soomro

India and Pakistan engaged in a flight battle over the disputed Kashmir region one day after Indian jets crossed over to Pakistan to attack a suspected camp of Indian Indians.

An Indian ray was taken down during the fight and its pilot was captured when he was ejected on the Pakistani side of the border. India said it had also shot down a Pakistani airplane and the Air Force showed bits of a missile it said had been fired by a Pakistani F-16 before it went down.

However, in a report published on Thursday, foreign policy said two US defense administrators with direct knowledge of the matter said that US staff had made a speech by Pakistan’s F-16s and found that no one was missing.

The F-16s are made by Lockheed Martin and, according to an end-user agreement, the United States required the host country to allow regular inspections to ensure that they were reported and protected, foreign policy said.

Detailed information on India’s airline engagement has not been provided by any side. If the US report proves to be true, it would be a further blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion that India had taught Pakistan a lesson.

The success of Indian air in a camp by the Jaish-e-Mohammad military group in northwestern Pakistan has also been forced after satellite images show signs of damage.

High-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters last month showed that a religious school run by Jaish seemed to stand still days after India claimed its war paths had struck the Islamist group’s training camp on site and killed a large number of militants.

Modi’s governing Bharatiya Janata party, which goes into a tight election next week, fights on a platform of fierce national security, especially with regard to the boat enemy Pakistan. New Delhi blames Pakistan for stoking a 30-year revolt in Muslim majority Kashmir but Islamabad denies any commitment.

Foreign policy said Pakistan had invited US officials to physically count the F-16 plan after the incident. Some of the aircraft were not immediately available for inspection because of the conflict, so it took American staff several weeks to account for all the jets, one of the officials said.

The bill had now been completed and all aircraft “were present and accounted for,” said the official.

India has separately asked the United States for its opinion on whether the use of the F-16s by Pakistan was a violation of the end-user agreement.

Reporting of Sanjeev Miglani; Editing by Paul Tait

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