There are a lot of errors here.
First of all the use of AWACS that day is still hotly contested to this very day. No one can say for certain if the aircraft was present or not.
"IAF jets were not assigned to fire back." This is simply not true at all and no official order like this exists anywhere. The sukhois simply lacked the range to engage those jets which was one of the reasons why Astra missiles were fast tracked later on.
Secure comms were a serious issue which is slowly being changed now.
Another major issue left out was situational awareness and the shooting down of our own helicopter by our air defence systems.
Final point is ofcourse the direct ignoring of orders by abhinandan. By IAF's own records the ground control had conveyed abhinandan to turn back and retreat.
His ignoring of orders is what halted any further action against Pakistan and landed the govt in a clusterfuck where they had very little proof to show.
These points have been discussed before.
The fictitious arguments trying to put IAF down after today's accident using the last air skirmish with PAF is nothing but a black pilled vomitous. Neither they have analysed the last skirmish nor do they know the details of today's crash.
There are clear visualizations released by the IAF of the theatre. Even without the use of AWACS the ground CC was good enough to maintain the peacetime protocols and guide every asset that was in the Air or inside Pakistani air space.
On Abhinanad I wrote a detailed post on why he should have or why he would disregard the ground control's instructions. Which he did.
At one stage you Abhinandan disregarded the ground control's order not to engage and in the same post you say there were no such instructions for Sukhois. There was clear intent by CC not to escalate or follow peacetime protocols, scramble, watch and engage if they push further. As per ex-Chief Mr Singh they relied on the Air defence grid which became the main deterrence against the PAF ingress.
When Air defence engages a target it feedback in-built integrated IFF systems. There was no such upgrade of IFF transponders and interrogators with that IAF helicopter. It was a freak accident. The same Air defence grid did its job by stopping large PAF ingress that may have wreaked havoc. The point is picking on wrong conclusions and building a case is not going to help any constructive discussion.
I have seen this trend which is already visible here when many members will come raiding the thread with sermons to IAF.
Mid-air collisions happen especially when you are a large active air force always on its toes.