US to go ahead with F-16 sale, says State Department

WASHINGTON: The US State Department has defended their decision to sell F-16 aircraft to Pakistan saying that the planes were being used in counter-terrorism operations by the country. According to the Dawn, the Pakistan Embassy in Washington appreciated the Obama administration’s determination to go ahead with the proposed sale.

The deal, however, is facing severe opposition in the US Congress where lawmakers have moved resolutions both in the House and the Senate, seeking to block the sale.

“We support the proposed sale of eight F-16s to Pakistan to assist Pakistan’s counterterrorism and counterinsurgency operations. Pakistan’s current F-16s have proven critical to the success of these operations to date,” State Department spokesperson Helaena W. White she added.