US Congress approves 10 F-16s sale to Pak, 4 to reach by June-end

June 4th, 2008 - 4:09 pm ICT by ANI  


Washington , June 4 (ANI): Pakistan will receive four F-16s later this month from the United States , which had in 2005 promised to supply it with 12 such aircraft.

While two of them had already reached Pakistan , the rest four will be provided in July followed by two more later.

According to The News, the US Congress has agreed to provide ten F-16 fighter planes to Pakistan , which would conclude the deal of twelve F-16 planes.

Pakistani diplomatic sources in Washington said that the US had promised to give 12 F-16 fighter planes among which two were already given to Pakistan .

In March 2005, US President George Bush had decided to reward Pakistan , his key ally in the war on terrorism, by authorizing the sale of F-16 fighter jets to it. The move reversed 15 years of policy which begun under Bushs father.

The US barred the sale of F-16s to Pakistan in 1990 out of concern over its then-undeclared nuclear weapons program, but Bush has forged a close relationship with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf since 9/11 attacks, and considers his help crucial in the battle against Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda terrorist organization.

Initially, the US had agreed to sell 40 F-16s, but later, due to cash crunch Pakistan offered to purchase only 12 jets. (ANI)

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