US:Washington The United States government on Friday said it had approved the sale to Pakistan of eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radars and other equipment, in a deal valued at $699 million. The Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency said it had notified lawmakers about the possible sale on Thursday. It said the sale would improve Pakistan’s capability to meet current and future security threats.
The F-16 aircraft would allow Pakistan’s Air Force to operate in all kinds of weather, at night, as well as “enhance Pakistan’s ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counterterrorism operations.”
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Pakistan’s neighbor and rival India said it was “disappointed” by the possible sale.
“We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan,” Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said on Twitter.
“We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism.”
He said India planned to summon the US ambassador “to convey our displeasure.”
The Defense Security Cooperation Agency stressed, however, that “the proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.”