Saturday, September 26, 2020

US Congress Stalls F-16 Fighter Sale To Pakistan

The US Congress has stalled the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Islamabad citing anti-Pakistan sentiments over its reluctance in taking action against terrorist groups, reported www.defenseworld.net.

“The hold reflects the growing anti-Pakistan sentiments on Capitol Hill where it is now a routine to see strong attacks on Pakistan and its policies during congressional hearings,” Pakistani News daily, the Dawn reported.

Citing diplomatic and congressional sources, the Dawn said US lawmakers had placed a “hold” on the proposed sale.

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India as a diplomatic hurdle as New Delhi feels the deal will have no relevance in the fight against terror groups but will be instead used in offensives against India, the newspaper reported.

Obama administration may still push through the sale.

“Sources on Capitol Hill say that since the Obama administration is keen on selling these aircraft to Pakistan, it may ultimately succeed in undoing the hold,” it added.

“The hold reflects the growing anti-Pakistan sentiments on Capitol Hill where it is now a routine to see strong attacks on Pakistan and its policies during congressional hearings,” the paper said.

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