To buy or not to buy: F-16, Pak, US & India

The Tribune, May 19, 2016

D. Suba Chandran, Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore

TribuneF-16 fighter aircraft have become the latest bone of contention in the volatile Pakistan-US relations. During the last month, there have been a series of statements, demands, counter demands, threats and carrots, both from the US and Pakistan.  

The sale of eight American F-16s to Pakistan has been plaguing the relations between the countries, primarily due to American demands on Pakistan “to do more in Afghanistan”, differences within the US between the State Department, White House and the Congress, and (more importantly) who would foot the bill for the sale. 

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