Int'l Authorities Confirm No Pakistani F-16 Shot By IAF: Air Marshal Suleri
Muhammad Irfan 5 days ago Thu 25th November 2021 | 12:01 PM
Deputy Chief of Air Staff Operations Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Marshal Waqas Sulehri has said the Indian Air Force claims of shooting down Pakistani aircraft F-16 were refuted by various international authorities
ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 25th Nov, 2021 ) :Deputy Chief of Air Staff Operations Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Marshal Waqas Sulehri has said the Indian Air Force claims of shooting down Pakistani aircraft F-16 were refuted by various international authorities.
Air Marshal said the Indian false claims for destroying PAF aircraft have been challenged globally whereas the destroyed aircraft comprised of MiG-21, Su-30 and Mi-17 helicopter.
"The India Today anchorperson has been confronted by an expert during the live programme claiming a fighter jet engine as of F-16," he added.
The then IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan's aircraft MiG-31 could carry four missiles that have been recovered from the planes wreck that were intact and also placed for display to both local and international media, he added.
Air Marshal Suleri informed that Christen Fair had also denied the IAF claims of hitting an F-16 whereas the aircraft manufacturers also confirmed the total number of the fighter jet in Pakistan.
He added that the PAF completed the mission as per the Prime Minister's directives.
He mentioned that every country has its separate prerogative to give awards to its soldiers which were conferred through proper process. The nation, and all authorities have to accept the story behind the reason for conferring highest military to s soldier, he added.
"All our aircraft partaking the mission have successfully landed on our bases," he told.
"Forces and nations stand on core values and cannot afford to compromise it. We stand on integrity and can't claim what did not do," he said.
To a question, he said the conversation between pilot and air defence controller was recorded whereas in Abhinandan's case it was jammed.
Referring to IAF's then Wing Commander Abhinandan's shooting of F-16, the Air Marshal said as per the set practice of Air Forces world over, the fighter pilot used to make a call after locking his target which was not found in his case.
He informed that the Operation Swift Retort was part of the contingency prepared for a long time with the similar name.
He said the PAF and IAF mutually respect each other whereas core value of force's included dignity which Abhinandan had violated and should be taken into account by the individual, nation and the forces.
"We are upholding the core value of our predecessors. Our ex-officers are also guiding our decision making who have kept the global trends of air power in mind during their endeavours for the process," Air Marshal said.
He said, "We have to ensure our sacred duty and proceed for better air power without burdening national economy."