The Hush Post|01:00 pm| 2-min-read
The US State Department is seeking more information on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by Pakistan against India in violation of the end-user agreement.
“We are aware of these reports and are seeking more information,” a State Department spokesperson told PTI.
Earlier on Thursday, in a press conference held at North Block, the Indian Air Force had displayed parts of an AMRAAM missile, which was recovered from Rajouri district in J&K.
Pakistan Air Force had dropped this missile during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir after India’s anti-terror operation in Balakot.
As always, Pak says ‘we didn’t do it’
Pakistan had on Wednesday categorically said that no F-16 fighter jets were used and denied that one of its planes had been downed by the Indian Air Force.
What is an AMRAAM missile
It is beyond visual range air-to-air missile which can only be fitted to a F-16 fighter jet. The F-16s were bought by Pakistan from the US. The United States is the largest seller of this high-tech defence equipment globally. It has a strong end-user monitoring agreement. “Due to non-disclosure agreements in Foreign Military Sales contracts, we cannot discuss the specifics of end user-agreements contained within,” Lt Col Kone Faulkner, a Defence Department spokesperson told PTI.
According to Pentagon’s Defence Security and Cooperation Agency (DSCA), F-16 jets were meant to be used to “enhance Pakistan’s ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations”.
The exact details of the restrictions that were imposed on Pakistan are not known as the deal was discussed in a closed-door session, and thus remain classified.
This had been disclosed by John Miller, the then Assistant Secretary of State for Political Military Affairs, during a Congressional hearing on July 20, 2006.
“There is a two-man rule, so to speak, for access to this equipment and restricted areas, and F-16 flights outside of Pakistan or participation in exercises and operations with third nations must be approved in advance by the United States government,” Miller had said then.