Indian efforts to block F-16 sale deal defeated: Sartaj


ISLAMABAD, May 12 (APP): Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Thursday said the Indian lobby’s persistent efforts to block the sale of F-16 to Pakistan had been defeated through strong arguments and outreach to the US Congress.

Winding up the debate on the Adjournment Motion moved by Senator
Mohsin Khan Leghari and other Senators on sale of F-16 Fighter Jets to Pakistan by the United States Administration, the Adviser said Pakistan had been making extraneous efforts to finalize the deal as promised by the US Administration.

He said Pakistan had forcefully rejected Indian objections to the sale
of eight F-16 to Pakistan and drawn attention to the wide ranging defence deals concluded between India and USA during US Defence Secretary’s recent visit to India.