US delivers three F-16s to Pakistan

Published: October 30, 2010
File photo of an upgraded F-16 fighter plane taking off at Jacobabad. PHOTO: ONLINE

File photo of an upgraded F-16 fighter plane taking off at Jacobabad. PHOTO: ONLINE

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.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Oct 30, 2010 - 5:04PM

    Hello? Are we not supposed to reject weapon systems offered by the Zionist supporting military-industrial regime in the US? We can rail about America from dawn to dusk, but when it comes for toys for the boys we are more than happy to accept whatever comes along! Recommend

  • A
    Oct 30, 2010 - 5:37PM

    brilliant but utterly predictable. 20 million people have been washed out and the generals still want their expensive toys. Recommend

  • k khan
    Oct 31, 2010 - 11:11AM

    What a shame. Pakistan desperately need jobs, schools, hospitals, feed hungry people. Our politicians are totally incompetent and screwed up. Generals and politicians are scratching each others back. Why not ask for science and technology transfer to create jobs. Advancment in medical and agriculture which is the core of our economy. Why they keep always asking for weapons beyonds our imagination? Recommend

  • sashayub
    Dec 13, 2010 - 8:17PM

    … does this contribute to infrastructural development promised by Hil Clin during her last visit to Pakistan?Recommend

  • Baseer Bhatt
    Dec 14, 2010 - 2:12AM

    We do need these planes & weapons to counter India. Security concerns cannot be overlooked while jobs are needed or inflation is brought under control. Security & economic development are two different issues and should not be mixed.Recommend

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