YES AND NO: American magazine says Pakistan’s F-16 fleet is intact; India reiterates it shot down one F-16 on February 27. Who is right?

NEWS / F-16 / US 
NEW DELHI: Curiously, India and Pakistan are making conflicting claims about India having shot down a F-16 fighter jet of Pakistan over the LoC during the day-time February 27 face-off in the skies – a day after the IAF staged the Balakot terror training centre attack deep in the forests of Pakistan.
After reports came that a US head count of the F16s in Pakistani custody the other day showed that it has not lost any such aircraft in its showdown with India. F-16s had been provided to Pakistan by the US to fight terrorists, and not to use them for fights with any neighbouring country. The reports quoted leading US magazine, Foreign Policy’, to say that no F-16s given to Pakistan by the US was missing.
IAF, responding to these reports, re-asserted that a MiG 21 Bison aircraft of India, piloted by Abhinandan Varthaman, did shoot down an F-16 in Nowshera sector of Pakistan, close to the LoC. IAF said it has 
conclusive “circumstantial evidence” including wireless intercepts, signals and graphic captures from airborne warning and control system (AWACS) and electronic signatures to conclude that the F-16 jet was shot down during the aerial combat. –IHN-NN


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