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    US approves F-16 sale to Pakistan

    The US government has approved the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, Bush administration officials say.

    US President George W Bush called Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to tell him about the decision, which is to be announced later on Friday.

    Indian government spokesman Sanjay Baru said Mr Singh had expressed "great disappointment", saying the move would exacerbate India's security concerns.

    A US official denied the move would affect the regional balance of power.

    "[The F-16s] are vital to Pakistan's security as President Musharraf prosecutes the war on terror," the administration official said.

    The official referred to President Musharraf's "strategic decision on 14 September, 2001, to stand with the United States", following the attacks in New York and Washington.

    The F-16 sales will form part of a five-year, $3bn assistance programme.

    Another senior US official told the AFP news agency that the F-16 numbers would be "relatively small" but there would be "no set limit on what the United States is going to be willing to sell to Pakistan".

    Pakistan's information minister, Sheikh Ahmed Rashid, confirmed that Pakistan would be getting F-16s.

    "We welcome it. This was our defence requirement. This shows the good relations between Pakistan and the United States," Mr Ahmed said.


    Correspondents say that the Indian government fears the arms deal will disturb the military balance between the long-time rivals and affect the current peace dialogue.

    "The prime minister expressed India's great disappointment at the decision which could have negative consequences for India's security environment," Mr Singh's spokesman, Mr Baru, said.

    India and Pakistan have fought three wars since independence in 1947, two of them over the disputed region of Kashmir.

    The nations came to the brink of another war in 2002 but are now engaged in a two-year thaw that has seen improved relations.

    Pakistan signed a deal to buy F-16s in the late 1980s but they have not been delivered because the US imposed sanctions in the 1990s as punishment for Pakistan's nuclear programme.

    The United States did sign a separate $1.3bn arms package with Pakistan last year.

    The BBC's James Coomarasamy in Washington says the US administration argues its new long-term commitment to Pakistan is consistent with the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that investigated the attacks in the US.

    But whatever the reasons for this change of US policy, our correspondent says, it was always bound to ruffle diplomatic feathers.

    The move comes after a visit to the region by US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who discussed the F-16 issue with Indian and Pakistani officials.

    The F-16 is built by Lockheed Martin and is one of the world's most successful fighter aircraft.

    About 4,500 are in commission with air forces around the world.

    Source-http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4382735.stm (thank you Mozilla)

    Btw, for those of you who don't wanna read the article and just get to the point, an F-16 is one of the best and most dangerous fighter jets out now.
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    Hmmm....I guess nobody cares about Real World News.
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      probly sold it with tracking devices and shit on there lol so they know the every move !!!!!
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