Pak to Use F-16 Jets Against In­dia: Amer­i­can Law­mak­ers

Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion asked to re­view its de­ci­sion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Wash­ing­ton: Top US law­mak­ers have ex­pressed con­cerns over the Obama Ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­ci­sion to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pak­istan, say­ing the air­craft could be used against In­dia and not to com­bat ter­ror­ism. They have also urged the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to re­view its de­ci­sion in this re­gard. “Many mem­bers of Congress, in­clud­ing me, se­ri­ously ques­tion the judge­ment and tim­ing of such a sale. Ad­di­tion­ally, Indo-Pak ten­sions re­main el­e­vated and some ques­tion whether the F-16s could ul­ti­mately be used against In­dia or other re­gional pow­ers, rather than the ter­ror­ists as Pak­istan as as­serted,” Con­gress­man Matt Sal­mon said dur­ing a Con­gres­sional hear­ing on Wed­nes­day.

Sal­mon 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. Con­gress­man Brad Sher­man said: “We need to of­fer to Pak­istan those weapon sys­tems well-crafted to go af­ter ter­ror­ists and not crafted for a war with In­dia.” The US Se­nate has cur­rently put a hold on the de­ci­sion of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion to give eightF-16fight­er­jet­stoPak­istanatan 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.

“De­spite­giv­ingPak­ista­nenor­mous amountsof counter-ter­ro­ras­sis­tance over the years, over $25 bil­lion since 9/11, ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions con­tinue to op­er­ate with im­punity in Pak­istan,” he al­leged.

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