Washington, Feb 13: India has expressed its disappointment
over US Congress decision to sell eight F-16 fighter
jets to Pakistan.
"We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan," said a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
"We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help combat terrorism. The record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself," added he.
The government has decided to summon US ambassador Richard Verma to convey India's displeasure over the matter.
The Obama administration today 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.
Despite mounting opposition from influential lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties, the US State Department notified the Congress that it has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Pakistan for F-16 Block 52 Aircraft, equipment, training, and logistics support.
The estimated cost is USD 699.4 million, the Defence Security Cooperation Agency - a wing of the Pentagon - said in a statement, adding that this proposed 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.
These additional F-16 aircraft will facilitate operations in all-weather, non-daylight environments, provide a self- defence and area suppression capability, and enhance Pakistan's ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.
OneIndia News (With agency inputs)