At a time when American Pakistani terrorist is making startling revelation of plots to destroy vital installations in India, the US administration has taken a decision to sell eight F 16 fighter jets to Pak. Expressing dismay over the decision, India strongly criticized US saying ‘it would not help combat terrorism’.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar will be summoning US Ambassador Richard Verma to convey India’s “displeasure”.
“We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan. The record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself” External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
The Obama administration notified the US Congress of its decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan worth nearly USD 700 million, notwithstanding American lawmakers’ demand for stopping the proposed sale. Pentagon said ‘the sale contributes to the US foreign policy objectives and national security goals by helping to improve the security of a strategic partner in South Asia’.