The Indian government on Saturday expressed disappointment at the decision by the US to notify the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan and said that the US Ambassador Richard Verma will be summoned over the matter.
“We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircrafts to Pakistan. We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism,” the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
Asserting that the record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself, the MEA added that US Ambassador Richard Verma will be summoned to convey the government’s ‘displeasure’.
Meanwhile, the US approved the selling of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan where the cost of the eight fighter jets is said to be 69.90 billion dollars.
The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency said it had notified lawmakers about the possible deal.
The agency said the F-16s would allow Pakistan’s Air Force to operate in all-weather environments and at night, while improving its self-defense capability and bolstering its ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter terrorism operations.