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US to sell F-16 jets to Pakistan
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US to sell F-16 jets to Pakistan

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Days after the meeting between the US President, Mr.  Donald Trump, and the Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan, the Pentagon notified the US Congress of its decision to approve military sales worth 125 million dollars that would result in 24x7 end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets of Pakistan.

US officials asserted that the freeze in security assistance to Pakistan on Trump's direction since January 2018 is still in place and the latest decision would help it in 24x7 end-use monitoring of the F-16 fighter jets as this would require the assignment of 60 contractor representatives there to assist in the oversight of the F-16 programme.

'There has been no change to the security assistance suspension announced by the president in January 2018. As the president reiterated this week, we could consider the restoration of certain security assistance programmes consistent with the broader tenor of our relationship,' a state department spokesperson said.