ISLAMABAD: In response to reviews the US Congress is withholding 60 per cent of the help earmarked for subsidising Pakistan’s buy of eight F-sixteen fighter jets, a Pakistani official has stated “negotiations aren’t over but”.
Tariq Fatemi, the Particular Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Affairs, informed BBC Radio in an interview that bringing Congress round to the deal is the Obama administration’s job.
In line with a BBC report revealed on its Hindi and Urdu providers, a State Division official advised the BBC on the situation of anonymity that Congress won’t subsidise the sale of eight F-sixteen jets to Pakistan on the recommendation of Senator Bob Corker, chair of the Senate Committee for Overseas Relations.
As per the sooner association, Pakistan would have paid $270 million whereas the US would grant the remaining $430 million for the acquisition. Because of this transfer, Pakistan might should foot the invoice of $seven hundred million for the eight fighter jets.
“There’s a robust opposition to offer subsidised arms to different nations within the US Congress, however the Obama administration’s supply of army help to Pakistan nonetheless stands,” Fatemi informed BBC Radio.
“Pakistan has already rendered nice providers within the conflict towards terror, so its case is robust.”
Fatemi expressed he’s hopeful Pakistan will obtain the army help, and revealed the Pakistan mission in Washington is presently in talks with members of Congress to boost consciousness of Islamabad’s views on the matter.
“America understands how essential a task these eight F-16s can play within the struggle towards terror, which is why the request was made within the first place.”
The adviser additionally talked about that Pakistan has spent $2 billion within the final two years preventing towards terrorism.
Defence Minister Khawaja Asif throughout a Nationwide Meeting briefing in January stated that a cope with the USA for the procurement of eight F-sixteen fighter jets is dealing with delays on account of “some lobbyists working towards us there”.
He stated an Indian foyer, in addition to Pakistan’s former ambassador to the US, Hussain Haqqani, are “working towards us” and had approached the US Home of Representatives to foyer towards the sale.
“Some lobbyists there are working towards us. They’ve approached the Home of Representatives. The Indian foyer is there too and the previous envoy to the US from the PPP authorities can also be working towards us, saying that these F-16s shouldn’t be given to us.”
The $742 million earmarked for American army help to Pakistan within the 2016-2017 finances has additionally been placed on maintain, however could also be launched if Congress modifications its thoughts, the State Division official had informed BBC anonymouslyi, including that the Obama administration is working with Congress on this regard.
The F-sixteen sale confronted stiff resistance within the US Congress earlier this yr, when lawmakers moved resolutions each within the Home and the Senate, in search of to dam the sale.
The US Senate in March blocked a bid to derail the sale, however Corker had vowed to dam using US funds to finance the deal.
Corker and different lawmakers have expressed concern about Pakistan’s nuclear programme, dedication to preventing terrorism and cooperation within the Afghanistan peace course of.
The State Division, nevertheless, maintained that the sale of eight F-16s to Pakistan would help counter- terrorism and counter-insurgency operations.
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