India angry over US’s F-16 sale to Pak

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New Delhi, April 12: India today expressed its displeasure to the US over the sale of F-16 fighter planes to Pakistan even as Washington said the aircraft were meant for anti-terror operations.

After talks with visiting US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said he raised the issue of sale of F-16 aircraft by the US to Pakistan.

India had earlier protested sale of the combat planes to Pakistan, saying, “We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism.”

Carter said the US was aiming to be a “trusted partner” of India, the way Russia has been all along.

Underlining that even the US has been victim of ‘terror’ emanating from Pakistani soil, he said those who indulge in terrorism in India “should be brought to justice and brought to account”.