WASHINGTON: Pakistan has been told by the US that it should meet the charges for the US F-16 fighter jets after the Congress rejected the request for the United States to finance.
On Friday, the US said that it approved the eight F-16s to be sold to Pakistan. Other radar equipment was also to be sold in a deal that is worth $699 million.
Republican Senator Bob Corker said that with his powers as the chairperson of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he would send a message to Pakistan by barring the use of any US funds in the deal. The message intended is that the country has to get serious with tackling the militants.
The stand taken by Cocker is a reflection of unhappiness in both the Republican and the Democratic Senate members. The failure by the Pakistan government to facilitate reconciliation is the cause of all these.
John Kirby, the spokesman for the US State Department, said that by the congress opposing, funds from the Foreign Military Financing could not be allocated for Pakistan.
“Given congressional objections, we have told the Pakistanis that they should put forward national funds for that purpose,” he told a regular news briefing.
Earlier on, the assistant on foreign affairs to PM Nawaz Sharif complained that funds were inadequate for Pakistan to carry out its whole-hearted efforts but did not directly mention F-16 issue.
The assistant, Fatemi Syed Tariq, spoke at a meeting with visiting professional US staffers.