Despite Indian hurdles, US committed to providing 8 F-16s: Pakistan

The Obama administration in October said it is preparing to sell eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

By: PTI | Islamabad | Published:January 19, 2016 5:15 pm
Khawaja Asif, narendra modi, khawaja pakistan, india, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif, asif modi Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Asif. (Source: Reuters photo)

The US was committed to supply eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan despite India’s efforts to block its delivery, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Tuesday.

“The (Barack) Obama administration is committed to supply eight F-16 fighter jets despite efforts by India and former Pakistani ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani to block the delivery,” Asif said.

His statement comes days after reports said that the Republican-controlled US Congress has stalled sale of F-16 jets to Islamabad, amid growing anti-Pakistan sentiments on Capitol Hill over its reluctance in taking action against terrorist groups.

Pakistani lawmakers in the National Assembly during a debate assailed US Congress for stalling the sale of the jet, prompting the minister to intervene.

Asif did not clarify how India and Haqqani, who was Pakistan’s ambassador during government of Asif Ali Zardari, were influencing the decision of US Congress.

Haqqani was hated by military and was removed after memo-gate scandal, related to memo he wrote to US government against army.

Pakistan has sought the F-16 jets which are backbone of its air force and are also being used for operations against the militants.

The Obama administration in October said it is preparing to sell eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

Pakistan and the US have had a tenuous relationship but Islamabad has been successful to get US military hardware despite tensions and concerns about its commitment in fighting militancy.

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    aj
    Jan 19, 2016 at 4:02 pm
    Yeah bro. Jelous Indians at it again. Thing is india thinks this is like cricket and the bcci where india dominates everyone through it dirty corrupt money . But in the real world outside cricket india is like Somalia. The US is the superpower. They done need indian money. They will sell elsewhere. US is stani ally.they been suppling f16 to stan since 1975 . Lol Only the bramins in Delhi can't accept it.
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      Dr. B
      Jan 19, 2016 at 2:44 pm
      India should retaliate and cancel defense deals with US. US is selling billions of dollars of military hardware to India and then giving F-16s to stan for free. India needs to stop this.
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        Aditya
        Jan 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm
        Why are you inviting destruction of filthy land.
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          Aditya
          Jan 19, 2016 at 8:17 pm
          You are reading stan Express!!!
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            Deepak KM
            Jan 19, 2016 at 5:42 pm
            Got slapped again? He he he.
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              Deepak KM
              Jan 19, 2016 at 5:44 pm
              Slapped again.
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                Gautam
                Jan 19, 2016 at 8:10 pm
                Yes US congress is asking all the question on stan's duplicity and need for arming terror around globe. Bro.. grow up.
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                  Jd
                  Jan 19, 2016 at 7:12 pm
                  Stupid Indian express moron, haqqani was never proven to have written memo do some investigative journalism but who am I kiding network that allows traitor to write editorial.
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