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Nirmala Sitharaman Rejects American Magazine’s Report On F-16 Jet


Vadodara: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday brushed off the claim made by American magazine Foreign Policy that India did not shoot down a Pakistani F-16 jet during on February 27.

The report created an uproar when the United States personnel recently counted Pakistan’s F-16 jets and found “none missing.”

At a rally in Gujarat’s Vadodara city, Sitharaman said, “Yesterday, officials of the Indian Air Force had issued a statement and released electronic signatures, showing the type of the aircraft. It was an F-16 which our pilot had shot down. The evidence was shown. Earlier too, we had shown proof by displaying a piece of the missile which can only be used in an F-16 aircraft.”

She further asked the Foreign Policy reporters to check their facts regarding the matter.

Meanwhile, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of “whipping up war hysteria” to win the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. “The truth always prevails and is always the best policy. BJP’s attempt to win elections through whipping up war hysteria and false claims of downing a Pakistani F-16 has backfired with US Defence officials also confirming that no F-16 was missing from Pakistan’s fleet,” Khan tweeted.

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