Have right to use “anything and everything” in self defence, says Pakistan on F-16s

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Islamabad, April 1 : Pakistan said Islamabad retains the right to use “anything and everything” in its self defence.

Pakistan’s military spokesman Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor issued a statement with reference to what he said “repeated Indian claims” about shooting down of Pakistani F-16 by India and use of F-16 in the air battle on February 27.

“As regard Pakistan Air Force (PAF) action for strikes across Line of Control, it was done by JF-17 from within Pakistan airspace,” he said.

Later, when two Indian jets crossed the Line of Control, they were shot down by the PAF, he claimed.

“Whether it was F-16 or JF-17 which shot down 2 Indian aircraft is immaterial,” he said.

He further said: “Even if F-16 have been used as at that point in time complete PAF was airborne including F16s, the fact remains that Pakistan Airforce shot down two Indian jets in self defence.”

Ghafoor said that Pakistan had right to use anything for its defence.

“India can assume any type of their choice even F-16. Pakistan retains the right to use anything and everything in its legitimate self defence,” he said.

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