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Pakistan’s Long, Controversial Love Affair with the F-16 Fighting Falcon

March 16, 2019   It's really complicated. by  Sebastien Roblin During an  aerial skirmish  on February 27, 2019, an Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison was shot down by a radar-guided missile. The Pakistani Air Force (PAF) claims the kill was scored by a JF-17 Thunder, a domestically-built fighter built with Chinese assistance. However, India subsequently revealed fragments of an AIM-120C-5 missile—a U.S.-built weapon only compatible with the American-built F-16s in PAF service. Pakistan has incentives to deny the use of F-16s, as  secret end-user agreements  may restrict the aircraft’s use against India—despite that being an obvious application of the  venerable fourth-generation jet  . India, meanwhile, claims the MiG-21’s pilot managed to shoot down an F-16. Air Cover for the Mujahideen Pakistan’s F-16s have been no stranger to controversy for nearly four decades. In response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, Islamabad and Washington collaborated to train, organ

Quote of the Day: On Balochistan and Balokot

" Modi raised the uncertainty through red fort speech but failed to credibly follow up. China is a smart country. They will figure out soon if we issue empty threats." "Balakot strike clearly suggested we can strike CPEC under the cover of anti terrorism. But domestic politics and panchayat-mindedness of the Indian ruling party and the ideological/ intellectual blinkers of Indian opposition parties has diluted the message though." Anonymous Expert

Making China doubt

From the action of Baloch rebels in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to France’s decision on Jaish-e-Mohammed raises Chinese doubts on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Can India stoke these doubts? By  HINDOL SENGUPTA ,  Mar 16, 20194 min read Image: Pexels The answer lies in the part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that stretches through Pakistan called CPEC (China-Pakistan Economic Corridor). This stretches through the Pakistani part of Kashmir. China wants India to embrace BRI because that would secure its investment in CPEC – worth, depending on who you ask, between $15 to $62 billion. But India cannot accept this because it delegitimises its historic claim on the entirety of Kashmir – after all it was the whole of the state that was acceded to India by Maharaja Hari Singh, the last independent ruler of the state at independence. Giving up claim on one part of Kashmir would make India’s case suspect in the eyes of the global community and would be read as a willingness t