Pakistan retains right to use anything in legitimate self-defence: ISPR

Pakistan retains right to use anything in legitimate self-defence - ISPR
Rawalpindi: Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR)—in a press release—on Monday dismissed Indian claims of shooting down Pakistan Air Force (PAF) F-16 fighter jet while apprising that strikes across Line of Control (LoC) were carried out by indigenous JF-17 Thunder.

The press release stated, “Reference repeated Indian claims about shooting down of Pakistani F-16 by India and use of F16 in air battle on 27 February. The event of 27 Feb is part of history now. No Pakistani F16 was hit by Indian air-force.

“As regard PAF action for strikes across LOC it was done by JF-17 from within Pakistan airspace. Later when 2 Indian jets crossed LOC they were shot down by PAF. Whether it was F-16 or JF-17 which shot down 2 Indian aircrafts is immaterial. 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. 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.”

On Feb-27, IAF lost Mig-21 and Su-30 in dogfight with PAF after former’s aircraft attempted to violate Pakistani airspace.