Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Saturday expressed disappointment over the decision of Obama administration to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan worth nearly $700 million.The US government said on Friday it had approved the sale to Pakistan of up to eight F-16 fighter jets built by Lockheed Martin Corp, radar and other equipment in a deal.Upset with the decision, MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said, “We are disappointed at the decision of the Obama Administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan.” <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also said that India disagrees with the rationale of the US that such arms transfers help combat terrorism.”The MEA will summon US Ambassador Richard Verma to convey India’s displeasure over the decision of the Obama government,” Swarup tweeted.The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which oversees foreign arms sales, said it had notified lawmakers about the possible deal.The agency said the F-16s would allow Pakistan’s Air Force to operate in all-weather environments and at night, while improving its self-defence capability and bolstering its ability to conduct counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations.Describing Pakistan’s activities as ‘immensely problematic’, a powerful Republican Senator had vowed to block the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to the country that is acting as a “duplicitous partner” and providing safe havens to terror groups.In the letter dated February 9, Corker said Pakistan’s activities are ‘immensely problematic’ and contribute to the notion that Pakistan is a ‘duplicitous partner, moving sideways rather than forward in resolving regional challenges.’According to Reuters, given the funds it has available, Pakistan may only be able to buy four of the F-16 Block 52 models, and the associated radar and electronic warfare equipment, said one US source familiar with the situation.


India disappointed as Obama administration decides to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan