America’s clarification on giving package for F-16 fleet to Pakistan, said- military help was not given to send message to India

Author: AgencyPublish Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2022 04:30 AM (IST)Updated Date: Sat, 24 Sep 2022 04:30 AM (IST)

Washington, Pretr: The US has given a clarification on the approval of $ 450 million (Rs 3,651 crore) to Pakistan for the upgrade of F-16 fighter jets. It has been said that this aid has been given to Pakistan not to send a message to India but to cooperate with America in the campaign against terrorism. This will also protect Pakistan’s nuclear weapons.

On September 8, the Biden administration approved $450 million to Pakistan for technical improvements in fighter jets. This decision was to reverse the decision of the Trump administration in which all military aid to Pakistan was stopped. The Trump administration had withheld military aid to Pakistan because of its protection and aid to Taliban extremists and the Haqqani network in Afghanistan. India has expressed concern, expressing strong objection to giving military aid to Pakistan.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has called his American counterpart Lloyd Austin and said that India’s interest will be affected by giving aid to Pakistan. Responding to a question on India’s objection, US Assistant Secretary of Defense Dr. Eli Ratner said, “The approved aid to Pakistan is not meant to send any kind of message to India.” Pakistan’s aid has nothing to do with relations between India and Russia. This assistance has been approved keeping in mind the interests of America and under military cooperation with Pakistan.

Edited By: Amit Singh


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