New Delhi/Islamabad, March 2: Ever since the Indian Air Force conducted air strikes on a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp and thwarted Pakistan Air Force's attempt to target India's military installations, Islamabad has been peddling lies about the aerial skirmish. Two days after, India presented evidence proving that Pakistan used F-16 fighter jets to violate Indian airspace, a Pakistani official was caught lying that Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-16 fighter jet, was going to sue India.
Danyal Gilani, Director in the Information Minister's office and chairman of Pakistan’s Central Film Board, in a tweet, claimed that Lockheed Martin was going to sue India for 'wrongly claiming' that one of its planes was shot down by MiG-21 Bison during an aerial fight in Jammu and Kashmir. "F-16 manufacturer Lockheed Martin to file law suit against false Indian claims & expresses annoyance over the factually incorrect claim of shooting down of Pakistan's F-16 by IAF. Says all F-16s on Pakistani inventory r well counted for! (sic)," Geelani tweeted. Samjhauta Express Services Resume From Tomorrow After India and Pakistan Agree to Operationalise Train.
However, the American defence major rubbished Pakistan official's claims. "Lockheed Martin has made no such comments," tweeted the Indian subsidiary of the United States F-16 fighter aircraft manufacturer Lockheed Martin in its March 2 reply to a tweet by Gilani, which he deleted subsequently. Gilani's original tweet had quoted a website which also said that Lockheed Martin had expressed annoyance over the Indian claims and had confirmed that all the Pakistani F-16s were accounted for. US Seeks Information on Potential Misuse of F-16 by Pakistan.
Lockheed Martin's rebuttal tweet below:
Lockheed Martin has made no such comments.
— Lockheed Martin India (@LMIndiaNews) March 1, 2019
After Lockheed Martin India refuted Gilani's claims, Pakistan's former Press Secretary to PM removed his tweet and even thanked Lockheed Martin. "Thank you @LMIndiaNews. I acknowledge the statement is wrongly attributed to you. I picked it from a website. I take it back. However, I stand by Govt of #India's failure to prove it downed a #Pakistani F-16. Indian media & journalists have caught #Indian govt disinformation (sic),” Geelani wrote.
At a joint media briefing in New Delhi on Thursday, senior officers of the three armed forces had said that Pakistan used multiple F-16 aircraft to target military establishments in India on Wednesday. They had also presented proof of the AIM-120 missile fired by the F-16 in the Indian territory. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman shot down Pakistan's F-16 jet before his MiG 21 Bison crashed.
Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer of the F-16 fighter jet, was going to sue India for 'wrongly claiming' that one of its planes was shot down by MiG-21 Bison.
Lockheed Martin rubbished the claim made by Pakistan official.