Washington. The Obama administration on Monday announced that the U.S. would not be sponsoring the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. In the wake of opposition by Congress and US Senators for using Foreign Military Financing (FMF) that is American Taxpayer’s money, the Obama Administration has asked to present their National Fund in order to but these aircrafts.
US State Department spokesperson John Kirby told at a press conference yesterday that Congress has somehow approved to the sale but the important members are objecting on using FMF in this regard.
Given the objections of Congress, Pakistan was told to present its own National Funds. However Kirby did not say when the decision was made and when it was transmitted to Pakistan.
Foreign Ministry told about their idea of selling 8 fighter aircraft on the estimated cost of $70 million to Congress on 11 February. The Indian government has protested this move and to register their protest India has summoned US Ambassador Richard Verma.