The United States has handed-over three F16 fighters jets to Pakistan on Saturday, and two additional ones are expected to arrive next week.
The new fighter jets landed at the Pakistan Air Force base in Islamabad.
According to an agreement between Pakistan and the US government, the latter was to provide 18 F16’s to Pakistan.
Sources suggest these jet fighters will be handed-over to Pakistan by December. The first supply of jet fighters which comprised of three planes have already been given to Pakistan in May.
Earlier, The Express Tribune had reported the fighters were being delivered to Pakistan under a series of strict conditions by Washington. One of these stipulations, the report said, was that Pakistan would not use the jets in any conflict with India. Another condition, the report said, was that American air force engineers will accompany the delivery of the F-16s and supervise not only the air base but also the operations to be carried out by PAF against Taliban and al Qaeda.
Expectations prevailing at the time the first few jets were delivered held that the much-demanded large-scale military operation against the Taliban and al Qaeda in North Waziristan would be launched after the US delivered the F-16s.