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Pentagon says sale of F-16 jets to Pakistan should not concern India

The Obama Administration said on February 13 it had decided to sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets worth nearly USD 700 million to Pakistan.

By: PTI | Washington | Published: February 17, 2016 12:57 pm
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The US’ decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan should not be a cause of concern for India as the regional security situation was taken into account at the time of sale, the Pentagon said on Wednesday as it rejected India’s disappointment over the move.

“We don’t think it should cause concern for India,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said when asked to comment on India’s reaction to Obama Administration’s decision to sell the sophisticated fighter jets to Pakistan.

“We think this is a capability that will help Pakistan in its counter-terrorism effort and we think that’s in the national security interests of the United States,” Cook said.

The Obama Administration said on February 13 it had decided to sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets worth nearly USD 700 million to Pakistan despite mounting opposition from influential lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties.

“This sale always took into account the regional security situation. We look at our relationship with Pakistan and our relationship with India as separate relationships. We think this is important capabilities for the Pakistanis to go after terrorists in that country,” Cook said.

India summoned US Ambassador Richard Verma to convey its “displeasure and disappointment” over the decision.

India disagreed with the US’ rationale that such arms transfers help Pakistan in combating terrorism and believes the US military aid to Pakistan goes into anti-India activities.

These additional F-16 aircraft will facilitate operations in all-weather, non-daylight environments, provide a self- defence/area suppression capability, and enhance Pakistan’s ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter terrorism operations, the Pentagon had said.

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  1. Arvind Menon
    Feb 17, 2016 at 9:56 am
    Definitely stan needs the F16s. They will be using nuclear weapons against terrorists within stani territory only. Obama has made the perfect decision.
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      b khosla
      Feb 17, 2016 at 9:04 am
      The of F-16 is not so disturbing, what is threatening is that USA is subsidizing the of aircraft through aid. in other words it is aiding to terrorise India
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        addy
        Feb 17, 2016 at 10:05 am
        He is on run!! NIA is searching him!!
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          addy
          Feb 17, 2016 at 10:03 am
          hahaha, stan will use f-16 to bomb stani terrorists !!
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            Ashok
            Feb 17, 2016 at 8:54 am
            USA is a real mischief monger. They are interested in selling weapons to terrorist countries so that their currency remains strong. They sell weapons to Saudi Arabia, stan etc. These countries sell to rebels and rebels to some other fighting organizations. India should become strong to fight against any country including USA if need to do so.
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