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Rajnath Singh called US Defense Secretary, voiced strong opposition to F-16 package given to Pakistan



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The fourth generation American F-16 fighter jet came to the Pakistani side after India carried out an airstrike
India bought advanced Rafale in response to F-16 but India still sees F-16 as major threat
20-minute phone conversation between Rajnath Singh and US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin

New DelhiStepping up his ministerial-level protest against the US decision to provide a $450 million support package for a former fleet of F-16 fighter jets, the Defense Secretary said in Washington on Wednesday that he should not not provide military aid to Islamabad. . On this occasion, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh laid down India’s firm objection to the proposed F-16 package during a 20-minute phone conversation with US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin. He tweeted: “I have expressed India’s concern over the recent decision by the United States to provide a subsistence program to Pakistan’s F-16 fleet.” Expect to continue discussions with Secretary Austin to further strengthen the India-US partnership.

The fourth generation American F-16 fighter jet came from the Pakistani side after India carried out airstrikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed bases in PoK. Although India has purchased advanced Rafales in response to the F-16, India still views the F-16 as a major threat. The Defense Minister’s conversation with Austin comes after India sent a strong message on the F-16 package to the US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.

These things are not included in the package
However, after the acceptance of the package from the IMF, the big package of F-16s is nothing less than a gift for the Shahbaz Sharif government. In fact, this package prevailed despite the resolute opposition of India. However, after India’s strong tone, the US said the proposed maintenance program for the F-16 would not include “new capabilities, weapons or ammunition”.

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