F-16 jets supplied to Pakistan for fighting terrorism, US assures India

Published: April 13, 2016
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The United States supplied Pakistan with F-16 fighter jets to fight terrorism in areas where the Taliban have a strong foothold, US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter reiterated during a joint press conference in India.

However, as Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar shared the Indian government’s concern following the US decision to sell eight F-16 jets to Pakistan. Carter assured that the jets would only be used against terror, Times of India reported.

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Upon being asked if the US was trying to be a trusted ally of India by supplying the fighter jets to Pakistan, Carter, who is currently visiting India said, “We try to be a trusted partner of India.”

He added that the US has given ‘unique technologies’ to India. “We don’t have an agreement like that with other countries.”

Further addressing the New Delhi’s concerns, Carter said the US ‘values’ its relationship with Pakistan.

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“India also has relations with other countries like Russia. We respect that,” he said in the same regard.

“What we do in Pakistan is directed towards counter terrorism. We too have suffered from terrorism emanating from the territory, more specifically Afghanistan,” he further stated.

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  • Bunny Rabbit
    Apr 13, 2016 - 6:01PM

    Kind sire – how about fighting wars of poverty / unemp/ health / edu/ backwarness . You will be blessed by an entire generation if you can do this —- or at least attempt to do it . Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Apr 13, 2016 - 8:24PM

    The Obama doctrine? When the yanks are not effective, let others be supplied the weapons to fight the Americans foes, let both parish in the process, the ally and th enemy..

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  • cueball
    Apr 14, 2016 - 2:00AM

    @Rex Minor:

    The Obama doctrine?

    Selling weapons to both India and Pakistan isn’t anything new for the USA – your comment implies that you understand the Obama Doctrine – doubt many American’s would say there is a Doctrine in place.Recommend

  • Observer
    Apr 14, 2016 - 2:08AM

    Mr. Carter, Afghanistan is suffering terrorism from within its own territory. Pakistan suffers terrorism from Afghanistan-based Indian supported TTP. Recommend

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