'Disappointed' India summons US ambassador over sale of F-16s to Pakistan

Published: February 13, 2016
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India summoned the United States envoy in New Delhi on Saturday to express disappointment over the Obama administration’s decision to sell eight Lockheed Martin F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, along with training, radar and other equipment, a deal worth $699 million.

“We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan,” Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said on Twitter.

US approves sale of F-16s to Pakistan

“The US ambassador will be summoned by the ministry of external affairs to convey our displeasure,” he added.

Swarup further said, “We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism.”

Indian Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar later met the US ambassador at the ministry to convey India’s disapproval of the deal to Washington, The Hindu reported.

The US government said on Friday it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal valued at $699 million.

The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said it had notified lawmakers about the possible deal.

US Congress ‘stalls’ sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan

The agency said the F-16s would allow Pakistan’s Air Force to operate in all-weather environments and at night, while improving its self-defense capability and bolstering its ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.

Lawmakers have 30 days to block the sale, although such action is rare since deals are well-vetted before any formal notification.

Reader Comments (37)

  • Vectra
    Feb 13, 2016 - 1:50PM

    Don’t be surprised if this may make US u-turnRecommend

  • Saira Khan
    Feb 13, 2016 - 2:00PM

    This nation gets daily nightmares about pakistan. Please lay off!Recommend

  • SK
    Feb 13, 2016 - 3:17PM

    World affairs and bilateral relation of nations are not subject to the perception of Mr Swarup. Whether he agrees or disagrees the world will move on. Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Feb 13, 2016 - 3:57PM

    He should be more than disappointed; it is a failure of India’s foreign affairs personnel.Recommend

  • Truth Detector
    Feb 13, 2016 - 4:15PM

    An aspiring super power is bothered by 8 F-16s ! What a shallow & pathetic state of affair.Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Feb 13, 2016 - 4:58PM

    Does it mean that India does not want the terrorists to be targeted?Recommend

  • King
    Feb 13, 2016 - 5:01PM

    My God n then indian said they dnt care about Pakistan… They are competing to china haha joke…When they bought from france n Russia then its ok haha hypocrate n frustrated indiansRecommend

  • XY
    Feb 13, 2016 - 5:02PM

    Goes to show their level of maturity and for that matter, their understanding of geopolitics. Pakistan is already producing a capable fighter jet. Moreover, even if it succeeds in blocking the sale, Pakistan has available the option of buying from China. I wonder whats next? “India Complains to UN about Pakistan’s growing arsenal of pigeons”Recommend

  • SK
    Feb 13, 2016 - 5:11PM

    @Vectra:

    US would not succumb to Indian pressure this time because it knows how important Pakistan is for their own interest in this region. So please save your breath.Recommend

  • Najeebullah
    Feb 13, 2016 - 5:58PM

    Is this a joke, now India is going to dictate the US to sell weapons to whom? What do they think of themselves? Recommend

  • cautious
    Feb 13, 2016 - 7:39PM

    USA isn’t going to choose sides in the Pakistan/India dispute – has made that clear for decades. USA is going to sell weapons to both sides and anyone who thinks India or Pakistan lobby has clout in the USA doesn’t know much about the USA.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Feb 13, 2016 - 7:43PM

    @SK:
    I don’t think so cuz whenever such public reaction had came from India, US has somehow made u-turn and in this F-16 case this deal is not finalized yet but a mere notification or an expression of intent of sale to the US Congress as that is mandatory as per US law and US Congress holds the key.The proposed deal will now go through a 30-day notification period after which it will be finalised.

    That is why US Defence Security Cooperation Agency said “This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded,”

    So i think if India hardens its stand a bit more the this may may well be backtracked unless US allays India’s concern in private.Recommend

  • Harish
    Feb 13, 2016 - 9:39PM

    Do you people seriously believe that Pakistan uses these fighter jets to combat terrorism?Recommend

  • Shameful Indian
    Feb 13, 2016 - 9:45PM

    another moment of silence & shame for India Recommend

  • Shameless Indian
    Feb 13, 2016 - 9:46PM

    Why did US approved the sale? Especially when India spent so many millions of dollars of our tax payers money to buy the US congressmen in the Indian Caucas at the capital hill, did we just wasted millions of dollars for nothing? Recommend

  • Shafie
    Feb 13, 2016 - 10:15PM

    India Endia…. Please eat your sour grapes….EndiaRecommend

  • Uzair Magsi
    Feb 13, 2016 - 11:05PM

    Pakistan must summon Russian embassidor every moth who sell the weapons to India, but hey we are Pakistani we dont cry like babies. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Feb 13, 2016 - 11:11PM

    Naver heard about a situation when a four time bigger Air Force is crying over supply of 8 aircrafts to the neighboring smaller size country Air Force. Lol..Recommend

  • Usman
    Feb 13, 2016 - 11:13PM

    Hi
    Offcouse India would cry, we are Indian natural rivals. Great job if Pakistan diplomacy.. Keep it upRecommend

  • k k khan
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:35AM

    Well world seem not to care for their disappointment.Recommend

  • Zen
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:48AM

    @A Pakistani:
    So these 8 F-16 will target the terrorists while your fleet of 80 F-16 cannot.Recommend

  • Pukhtoon
    Feb 14, 2016 - 1:00AM

    The world watches Pakistan breaking the backbone of paid terrorists using the fighter jets.

    Indian leaders in the day, “Pakistan must target the terrorists. The enemy is a common one”.

    Indian leaders by the night, “Pakistan must not be armed with fighter jets. Their terrorists are.. errm”.Recommend

  • Romm
    Feb 14, 2016 - 3:08AM

    @Harish:
    Nope… these F-16s are meant for India… Recommend

  • Khalsa Force
    Feb 14, 2016 - 4:03AM

    @Harish:
    burnol may be?Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Feb 14, 2016 - 7:05AM

    @Zen:
    the new block 52 war birds come with precision strike capability unlike its F-16 C/D predecessors, but how low can India stoop to resort to such shameful behaviour thats my questionRecommend

  • PeaceMonger
    Feb 14, 2016 - 7:16AM

    Barack Hussain Obama only has months to go. The next President, whoever it is, will strike it down anyway. Besides, Obama will have to veto congress to deliver these aircraft. Can’t see that happening. Point scoring is the most likely scenario here.Recommend

  • JSM
    Feb 14, 2016 - 7:24AM

    @A Pakistani:
    Hah Pakistan uses F-16 to target terrorists.Recommend

  • Last Word
    Feb 14, 2016 - 8:03AM

    There may be still many a slip between cup and the lip as some influential Republican Senaters have put this deal on hold citing Pakistan’s dual policy on terrorism.Recommend

  • Aminullah khan
    Feb 14, 2016 - 8:28AM

    Oh! You people don’t know that its the US foriegn policy to create markets for its arsenals.She has created Daesh,Talibans and AL-Qadea in South Asia(pak/india) M.East etc just to disturb their peace and to have access to theis resources and to create markets for its arsenals.Recommend

  • SK
    Feb 14, 2016 - 8:55AM

    @Vectra:
    I think you haven’t read the article carefully my friend it is clearly mentioned that once it has been decided by American State department and security and defence apparatus it is highly unlikely that it can be out vetoed. It is because such decisions are made after lots of studies, analysis and observation by the intelligence and strategic American think tanks.
    You have the right to think otherwise . Recommend

  • asadkhattak
    Feb 14, 2016 - 10:58AM

    I will be more than happy if USA show balls of steel by cancelling this deal, then it will be in no position in DO MORE mantra and Pakistan will have many more choices to spend that money.Recommend

  • sam ganguly
    Feb 14, 2016 - 12:42PM

    better stick to the jf-17…i mean is not that at par with f-16??Recommend

  • fuad
    Feb 14, 2016 - 11:43PM

    Shameless & disgusting endians just lay off! Recommend

  • ahmed saad
    Feb 15, 2016 - 2:01AM

    more to come just waitRecommend

  • Aleem
    Feb 15, 2016 - 7:28AM

    @Harish:

    Its a multirole aircraft. We expect it to defend us in the air and against ground targets. Recommend

  • Aleem
    Feb 15, 2016 - 7:32AM

    @sam ganguly:
    Pakistan has always had a dual sourcing approach of using Chinese and Western weapons systems since 1966 starting off with the Mirages and F-6s to the current day with F-16 and JF-17. JF-17 is our embargo-proof platform which gives us the comfort of a very robust capabilty regardless of the political situation. F-16s grant us a quick route to the latest technologies being introduced in the Western markets. As such this combination is an optimal one for the Pakistan Airforce.Recommend

  • SK
    Feb 15, 2016 - 7:54AM

    @sam ganguly:

    But then it is not your business to suggest what fighters or war machines Pakistan procures , yes we do produce JF17 but if we wish to buy array of other aircrafts who is to stop us Certainly not India. It can stop Bangladesh , Nepal or other minor nations surrounding it, from keeping or buying things that it is not comfortable with, but certainly Pakistan doesn’t come in the list.Recommend

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