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India takes up with US use of F-16 by Pakistan

IANS  |  New Delhi 

has shared its concerns with the US on use of exported to being used in "offensive action" against it, informed sources said here and noted that could publicly clarify the issue in the coming days.

The issue was raised during Vijay Gokhale's visit to the US for the Strategic Security Dialogue between the two

has already presented the wreckage of AM-RAAM missile as a conclusive evidence that had used an fighter aircraft to target military installations in during aerial engagements with the after conducted air strikes on a terror camp in

The air strikes on the were conducted last month following terror attack in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

The wreckage of AM-RAAM missile was found in Rajouri and this missile can only be carried by fighter jets procured by Pakistan from the

The sources said it is understandable if Pakistan uses fighter jets in self-defence but these were used for offensive action against India to target military installations and the plan was thwarted due to alertness of the

They said that the US has taken note of India's concerns and there is hope that they would publicly clarify if AM-missile was used by Pakistan.

Pakistan has, however, denied that it used F-16 aircraft during the last month's aerial engagement.

The US side also conveyed that the were exported to Pakistan during an earlier period when the bilateral relationship was different from what it is today.

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First Published: Sat, March 16 2019. 21:32 IST
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