BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 A.M.) – The Indian Ministry of Defense presented a photograph of an air-to-air missile as proof that they downed a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet on Wednesday.
According to a Pakistani military source, the AIM-120C air-to-air missile that was presented by the Indian Ministry of Defense did not actually belong to the Pakistani Air Force.
The source said the missile in the photograph had a serial number belonging to a Taiwanese missile, despite the fact Pakistan does not have any diplomatic or military relations with the former.
“How can they post a picture of a missile as ‘evidence’ of downing an F-16 jet,” the Pakistani military source told Al-Masdar.
The source was referring to the wreckage in the picture above, which is what the Indian Ministry of Defense has claimed as proof of the downed F-16 fighter jet by their MiG-21.
The Pakistani Air Force contends that they shot down two Indian MiG-21 jets on Wednesday, killing one pilot and capturing the other in the disputed Kashmir region.
They have denied the Indian military’s claims of downing an F-16 jet, adding that their air force used their JF-17 warplanes during the engagement; they fired Chinese-made SD10 air-to-air missiles at the MiG-21 jets.