Pakistan Says It Needs F-16s From US for Counterterrorism


Pakistan said Monday at the start of strategic talks with the United States that a contentious sale of F-16 fighter jets would strengthen the South Asian nation’s ability to mount counterterrorist operations and promote regional stability.

“The prospective sale of F-16s will strengthen Pakistan capabilities to successfully continue these vital operations for our mutual benefit and stability in the region,” said Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani adviser on foreign affairs.