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Asif Ghafoor

Can’t hide a jet when even a motorcycle crash is reported: Pakistan on F-16 controversy

Pakistan reiterated its stand that India shooting down one of its F-16 jets in February is false.
India today produced debris of the AIM-120 missile which was fired by the Pakistani F-16

With Balakot, India both gained & lost an opportunity to push Pakistan to act against terror

All the weapons India is frenetically importing can offer no effective deterrence in the absence of political will.
MiG 21 Bison aircraft | Commons

Was it US’ F-16 or China’s JF-17 that ‘downed’ MiG 21 Bison piloted by Abhinandan?

Both F-16 and JF-17 were equally capable, as was France’s Mirage-V, of which Pakistan has plenty. These days, air platform matters relatively little.
The single engine fighter F-16 manufactured by Lockheed Martin

What PAF’s lies and deception couldn’t hide — an F-16 tail number and a brave pilot

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.
IAF

IAF presents images from defence system to reiterate stand on shooting down Pakistan’s F-16

Air Vice Marshal R.G.K. Kapoor, at a media briefing, showed radar images to assert that an F-16 of the Pakistan Air Force was shot down by the Indian Air Force on 27 February.
A PAF F-16 at Nellis AFB during Ex Red Flag in 2016

In PAF lies & subterfuge, an F-16 tail number & a PAF pilot  —  both hidden to serve a myth

ISPR is leading Pakistan’s hybrid war of denial since the day PAF lost its most advanced platform to a gritty IAF counterattack. But the evidence is right in front of us to sift, writes former IAF Mirage pilot and air warfare writer Sameer Joshi.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan

Imran Khan says BJP’s ‘false claim of shooting PAF F-16 to build war hysteria for polls has backfired’

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's comments follow a US magazine's report that contradicts India's stand on shooting down a PAF fighter jet.

This is probably how Pakistan is explaining that its F-16 fighter jet inventory is intact

Pakistan had said it purchased 12 F-16As and 1 F-16B from Jordan, but in a 2014 image released by its military’s publicity wing ISPR, 2 F-16Bs can be seen.
The single engine fighter F-16 manufactured by Lockheed Martin

Haven’t counted Pakistan’s F-16s, says Pentagon after US magazine claimed it did

Foreign Policy magazine claimed Pakistan's F-16s were found to be intact after a count by US defence personnel, which goes against India's position that it downed one of the jets on 27 February.
The single engine fighter F-16 manufactured by Lockheed Martin

Radio intercepts, parachute sightings, e-signatures: IAF sure it shot down Pakistani F-16

The Indian Air Force said it has evidence to confirm that a Pakistan F-16 was shot down on February 27 during a dog fight over Jammu and Kashmir. 

On Camera

File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav | PTI

Modi’s big UP win means Akhilesh Yadav’s SP & Mayawati’s BSP will soon be rivals again

With Narendra Modi keen on winning UP again in 2022, there will be pressure on Yogi Adityanath’s government to perform better.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.