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US sale of F-16s to Pakistan upsets India

US sale of F 16s to Pakistan upsets India pardesi news 1459247797

As the US decides to sell more of F-16 planes to Pakistan, India shows its displeasure.

The Indian Union government recently called the US Ambassador Richard Verma at the Ministry of External Affairs to show the “displeasure” towards this particular step. Ina 45-minutes meeting Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar told that India is highly upset with US’ decision to sell eight F-16 fighters jets to Pakistan, worth $699 million. India has expressed its disappointment at the decision by the Obama Administration to sell to sell eight Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, along with training, radar and other equipment to help the country in its counter-terrorism operations.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesman said that India was “disappointed at the decision of the Obama administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan”.

The MEA official further said, “We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism. The record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself”.

The government officials also confirmed that India will take up the issue with the Obama administration in Washington as well, and had been in regular touch since the proposal to sell the jets, which India believes will only strengthen Islamabad’s ability to threaten New Delhi and nothing more.

The United States Defense Department said   that the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan should not be a cause of concern to India as the deal was only due to Pakistan’s regional security situation and internal compulsions. Referring to the F-16 fighter jets, "We think this is important capabilities for the Pakistanis to go after terrorists in that country… We don't think it should cause concern for India", said the US spokesman. 

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