New Delhi: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Tuesday rubbished Pakistan’s claim of shooting down a Su30 MKI fighter jet on February 27. Issuing a statement, the IAF said that Islamabad is making false claim to cover up the loss of its (Pakistan Air Force) own aircraft. “All the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat landed back safely,” the IAF said.Also Read - BAN vs PAK: Babar Azam Bowls For the First Time in International Cricket Against Bangladesh | WATCH Video

“In their attempt to attack our ground, PAF aircraft were engaged effectively. From IAF, Mirage-2000,Su-30 and MiG-21 Bison aircraft were involved in engagement. PAF aircraft were forced to withdraw in hurry, also evident from large missed distances of weapons dropped by them,” the IAF said. Also Read - India vs Pakistan: India Eye to Avenge 10-Wicket T20 World Cup Loss vs Pakistan, Schedule to be Announced in January

It added,”During combat, use of F-16 by PAF and multiple launches of AMRAAM were conclusively observed.Prompt and correct tactical action by Su-30 aircraft, in response to AMRAAM launch, defeated the missile. Parts of missile fell in area East of Rajouri in J&K, injuring a civilian on ground.” Also Read - Woman Delivers Baby at Indo-Pak Crossing in Attari, Names The Newborn 'Border'

“A detailed report in this regard has already been released by IAF. All the Su-30 aircraft engaged in combat landed back safely. False claim by Pakistan of shooting down a Su-30, appears to be a cover up for loss of its own aircraft,” the statement by IAF read further.

Notably, the United States had barred Pakistan from using the F-16s against any third country and it was only allowed to operate the fighter in self defence and for anti-terror missions.

Earlier in the day, National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval while talking to his American counterpart John Bolton submitted proof of Pakistan using F-16s to attack Indian planes and target.

On Saturday, the United States had pulled up Pakistan for the ‘potential misuse’ of F-16 fighter jets against India during an aerial raid targeting Indian military installations in Kashmir.