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Pak may use F-16s against India: US lawmakers to Obama

US Senate has put a hold on decision of Obama Administration to give eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan

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Publish Date: Apr 28 2016 11:32AM | Updated Date: Apr 28 2016 11:36AM

Pak may use F-16s against India: US lawmakers to Obama

 US lawmakers have expressed concerns over the Obama administration's decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan.

 
They said aircrafts could be used against India and not in combating terrorism.
 
Lawmakers have also urged the Obama Administration to review its decision in this regard.
 
"Many members of Congress, including me, seriously question the judgment and timing of such a sale. Indo-Pak tensions remain elevated and some question whether the F-16s could be used against India or other regional powers, instead of terrorists as Pakistan as asserted," Congressman Matt Salmon said during a Congressional hearing.
 
He  was joined by several other lawmakers during the Congressional hearing on Afghanistan and Pakistan convened by the Subcommittee on Asia and Pacific of the House Foreign Affairs Committee wherein the Obama Administration was represented by the Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson.
 
"We've got to be worried about what type of military assistance and whether the F-16s constitute the least expensive, most efficient way for the Pakistani air force to go after the terrorists and the least disruptive weapon system to the balance of power between India and Pakistan," Congressman Brad Sherman said.
 
US Senate has as of now put a hold on the decision of the Obama Administration to give eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan at an estimated cost of $700 million.
 
Salmon asked Olson to clarify the underlying purpose and timing of the intended sale and how is it in the best interest of the United States.
 
"Regardless of giving Pakistan enormous amounts of counter-terror assistance over the years, over $25 billion since 9/11, terrorist organisations continue to operate with impunity in Pakistan.
 
"Pakistan has used terror as a tool of statecraft and terrorist proxy groups, for the Pakistani military have carried out fatal attacks inside India," he alleged.