U.S. Senators Question Selling Pakistan F-16s, But Approve Deal


U.S. senators have questioned the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, which they called an “uncertain ally” of the United States, but in the end they upheld the deal.

The Senate voted 71-24 against a resolution that would have blocked the $700 million deal with Lockhead Martin Corp.
Senator Rand Paul, the resolution’s sponsor and a former GOP presidential candidate, got a sympathetic response in dubbing Pakistan a “frenemy” of the United States, however, coaxing Republican leaders to agree to bar U.S. financing for the deal.