Amid ongoing tension between India and Pakistan, a latest report suggests that New Delhi canâ€™t drag Islamabad to international courts over the use of F-16 fighter jets in the February 27 airspace invasion. According to â€˜The Printâ€™ report, the contract between Pakistan and Lockheed Martin donâ€™t hold any legal validity. This means that the terms in the end-user agreement are not legally binding. Quoting an American envoy, The Print said that, â€œthe US will not be able to do much on this.â€Â Â Â
The report comes at a time when the US officially said that it was looking into the matter. The United States has sought more information from Pakistan on the potential misuse of F-16 fighter jets against India in violation of what it is called the end-user agreement, the State Department said. Pakistan had acquired the F-16 fighter jets from US to â€˜fight against terrorismâ€™ in 2008. However, the country has long been using the assets acquired from the US against India.
During a joint military press conference on Thursday, India had shown parts of an AMRAAM beyond visual range air-to-air missile to prove that Pakistan deployed US-manufactured F-16 fighter jets during an aerial raid targeting Indian military posts in Kashmir following Indiaâ€™s anti-terror strike on JeM camp in Balakot.
During the misadventure, Indian Air Force jets shot down an F-16 fighter jet. However, Pakistan denied the Indian claims of using F-16 fighter jets and that one of its planes was shot down by Indian Air Force.
â€œWe are aware of these reports and are seeking more information,â€ news agency PTI quoted a State Department spokesperson as saying when asked about report that Pakistan has violated end-user agreement with the United States in this weekâ€™s border clash with India.