Pakistan has been hailed as the winner of the recent dogfight with India by the International media houses like ‘The New York Times’ and ‘The Economic Times’ as well as the Prime Minister of India himself
After a MiG 21 was shot down by the F-16 jet of Pakistan Air Force last Tuesday and resultantly the Indian Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by the Pakistani army, it has raised a critical question of the Indian military budget spendings which is 4 times more than its Pakistani counterpart.
The fighter jets and equipment possessed by the IAF is reportedly referred to as ‘vintage’ by the International media giants like ‘The New York Times’.
The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent address has said that the results would have been completely different if the Indian Air Force had acquired the Dassault Rafale, which is a French twin-engine, canard-delta wing, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation.
However, the question that is being raised up inside and outside of India is regarding the spendings of the Indian military budget which is 4 times more than the Pakistani military. If India is still fighting with the old beetle-like fighter jets from the mid 20th century then how and where is the gigantic $56 billion being spent? Shouldn’t India deploy state-of-the-art military weaponry on the border of its arch-rival Pakistan?
Many International media agencies have interpreted the words of the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, as admitting defeat against the superior F-16 and JF-17 jets of the PAF. And the repeated peace invitations of the Pakistani PM, Imran Khan, has made it increasingly difficult for India to justify a military response anymore.