India disappointed with US sale of F-16s to Pakistan

A Taiwan Air Force U.S.-made F-16 fighter jet gets washed after a drill at the Chiayi Air Force base, southern Taiwan, January 26, 2016. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

New Delhi: The Indian government today expressed their disappointment over the US administration’s decision to allow the sale of F-16s to Pakistan. The government does not agree with the notion that the arms transfer would help in combating terrorism.

In order to express our displeasure, S Jaishankar, the Foreign Secretary of India will be summoning US Ambassador Richard Verma.

“We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan. We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism” said the External Affairs Ministry and also added that “The record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself. The US Ambassador will be summoned by the Ministry of External Affairs to convey our displeasure,”

The Obama administration, notwithstanding the American lawmakers, demand stopping the proposed sale, notified the US Congress of its decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets worth USD 700 million to Pakistan

According to a statement released by Defence Security Cooperation Agency, the estimated cost of the sale is USD 699.4 million. The statement also revealed that the proposed sale was part of the US foreign policy objectives and national security goals to support the strategic security of their South Asia partners.