Published On: Mon, Feb 15th, 2016
Published in Category: Islamabad

Pakistan surprised over India’s reaction to F-16s purchase

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has expressed disappointment at the Indian government’s reaction regarding the purchase of F-16s from the United States.

Foreign Office Spokesperson said that the Indian government’s reaction surprised and disappointed Pakistan.

He said India is the largest importer of defence equipment and its arms and arsenal stock is much larger than Pakistan.

As regards F-16s sale, the spokesperson said Pakistan and the United States closely cooperate in countering terrorism.

He said the US spokesperson clearly announced that the sale is to enhance Pakistan’s precision strike capability.

New Delhi had expressed disappointment over the Pentagon’s decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. India’s Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar summoned US Ambassador Richard Verma to convey the country’s ‘displeasure’ over the possible sale. Their meeting at the external affairs ministry lasted 45 minutes, according to various Indian news sites.

The US government said on Friday it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million.