NEW DELHI: India summoned US envoy in New Delhi and strongly protested against Obama administration’s decision to sell 8 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.
India’s External Ministry claimed that we disagree with the notion that the fighter jets sale would help Pakistan to combat terrorism.
The sale of eight combat F-16 Block-52 worth $699 million has been approved by US State Department.
A US government official claimed that the sale of F-16 will support Pakistan’s counter terrorism and counterinsurgency operation.
He claimed that Pakistani operations have reduced militant’s ability to use its territory for terrorism.
Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) stated that the deal will improve Pakistan’s ability to conduct operations against counter-insurgency and counter terrorism .
US Congress with both Republican and Democrats have raised concerns over sale of F-16 to Pakistan and has time of 30 days to act on proposal.