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Pakistan

Sale of F-16 equipment will sustain Pakistan’s capability to meet current, future counterterrorism: US

  • US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price says proposal important part of broader US-Pakistan bilateral relationship
  • US expects Pakistan will take sustained action against all terrorist groups: Price
Published September 14, 2022
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The US has said the proposed 450-million dollar sale for Pakistan to refurbish its F-16 jets fleet is an important part of the broader US-Pakistan bilateral relationship and will sustain Islamabad's capability to meet current and future counterterrorism efforts.

During a press conference, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said the Congress was notified of a proposed foreign military sale valued at $450 million for maintenance and sustainment services for the Pakistani Air Force’s F-16 programme.

"Pakistan is an important partner in a number of regards, an important counterterrorism partner. And as part of our longstanding policy, we provide life cycle maintenance and sustainment packages for US-origin platforms," he said.

Price added that F-16 is a fleet that allows it to support counterterrorism operations, and "we expect Pakistan will take sustained action against all terrorist groups".

US OKs possible sale of F-16 equipment to Pakistan

Earlier, Pentagon stated in a statement that the Biden administration has approved the potential sale of sustainment and related equipment for the upgrade of Pakistan’s F-16 fighter aircraft fleet, in a deal valued at up to $450 million.

US to continue to work closely with Pakistan

The spokesperson said that the US is going to continue to work very closely with Pakistan to continue to assess the damage that has been wrought by floods, and will continue to provide assistance to our "partners in this time of need".

"In this fiscal year alone, we’ve provided more than $53 million in humanitarian assistance, including urgently needed support for food, nutrition, multipurpose cash, safe drinking water, nutrition, sanitation and hygiene, as well as shelter assistance," he said.

Price further said that as of September 12, a total of nine US Central Command flights delivered more than half of the 630 metric tons of relief supplies from USAID’s Dubai warehouse for the response to these massive floods.

US announces $30m aid

"In total, CENTCOM will airlift more than 41,000 kitchen sets, 1,500 rolls of plastic sheeting, tens of thousands of plastic tarps, 8,700 shelter fixing kits – all in support of USAID’s flood relief."

US concerned by significant restrictions on media, civil society in Pakistan

When asked to comment on media freedom, Price said that the US continues to be concerned by significant restrictions on media outlets and civil society in Pakistan.

"We routinely raise our concerns about press freedom to all stakeholders around the world, including to our partners and our counterparts in Pakistan.

A free press and informed citizenry we believe are key to democratic societies around the world, key to our democratic future. That applies equally to Pakistan as it does to other countries around the world."

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SAMIR SARDANA Sep 14, 2022 09:00pm
ANOTHER SLAP,ON THE FACE OF MODI THIS IS NOT JUST DUE TO THE MODI PURCHASE OF S-400,AND THE RUSSIAN OIL AND COAL PURCHASE AMERICA HAS HAS AN AWAKENING,UNDER THE NEW DISPENSATION! INDIA IS ENSLAVED TO RUSSIA - MILITARY TECH AND HYDROCARBONS. IT WILL NEVER SUPPORT EU/NATO AND US AGAINST RUSSIA.INDIA WILL ALSO,NOT, COMPLETELY SUPPORT US, AGAINST IRAN (EVEN AFTER PRC TAKES OVER CHABHAR) PAKISTAN NEEDS US AID AND IMF/ WB (DEFACTO US).PAKISTAN ELITE WANT THEIR FOOT IN BOTH THE BOATS - US AND PRC HENCE,PAKISTAN IS THE PERFECT US ALLY, IN SOUTH ASIA. TILL DATE ,PAKISTAN HAS NOT BOUGHT OIL,GAS OR COAL FROM RUSSIA (WHILE EVEN EU HAS !) INDIA IS FEEDING RUSSIA,TO KILL NATO AND US,SPECIAL FORCES, IN UKRAINE ! REALISATION WILL DAWN,ON THE US,SOON ! dindooohindoo
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