Pakistan defied Indian pressure to get F-16s deal for counter-terrorism operations


WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (APP): A decision by the US State Department to sell 8 F-16 fighter jets to help Pakistan in its counter-terrorism operations came in the face of intense opposition by the Indian lobby in Washington and some US Congressmen who argued these aircraft would be used against India. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which broker government-to-government arms sale, delivered the required certification notifying Congress on Feb. 11 of the possible sale of F-16 Block 52 aircraft, equipment, training and logistics support.