Despite strong opposition from India and some of the “internal” US Lawmakers, the F-16 deal would go on as planned, with Obama administration defending its decision.The spokesperson for State Department Helaena W White was quoted as saying “We support the proposed sale of eight F-16s to Pakistan to assist Pakistan’s counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. Pakistan’s current F-16s have proven critical to the success of these operations to date,”.
It is said to be a strong setback to India since it is rightly concerned about its own security.India believes that these F-16 fighter planes might be ultimately used against it as opposed to the proposed counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations by Pakistan.The Islamic country has time and again showed its reluctance to wipe out its home grown terrorist elements in a bid to de stabilize India and its allies.
The $699 deal which saw a strong reaction from India and some of the lawmakers from US itself, was announced by US government on 12 February.
On Thursday, senator Rand Paul along with colleague Bob Corker, the senate foreign relations committee chairman, opposed the sale, saying he has introduced a resolution for cancelling all arms deals with Pakistan. If passed, this can stop the F-16 sale, which needs to be approved by the Senate before March 12.