US's $450 million F-16 package for Pakistan: A message for India, China factor, or quid pro quo?
NEW DELHI: America's recent decision to approve a $450 million sustenance package for Pakistan's F-16 fleet has signalled a marked shift in Washington's stand on Islbad and stoked valid concerns in India.
Earlier this week, defence minister Rajnath Singh held talks with his US counterpart Lloyd Austin and conveyed India's concerns over the package.
Even defence analysts have raised eyebrows at the deal, wondering why US wants to equip Pakistan — an all-weather ally of China — at a time when ties between Washington and Beig are at an all-time low.
The deal announced on September 9 has prompted a flurry of speculations too: could it be America's strategy to use Pakistan's airspace for counterterror operations; does US want to send a message to India for its close ties with Russia; or is China a factor behind the move?
Definitely Americans need leverage in Pakistan ag inst China and Afghanistan. Of course Pakistan is not in a position to attack India atleast for another decade with or without F16. There is no need for India to be rmed. Moreover a Pakistan dependent on America is much better for India.
Being and India born Pakistani American reading comments belaboring these two countries brings tears to my eyes. We lived in India happily before the unfortunate event of partition. How unfortunate that these countries drifted away from each other. With the passage of tme they have become enemies of each other. They both do not practice their re gions but they use thieir re gions to spew venom ag inst each other. They know that they are hurting their poor by wasting their wealth on their futile animosity. Please Indians/Pakistanis live like brothers, God has given both of you enormous resources. May be people like me will have some hope in their life that one-day you will again become one.
Pakistani airspace was used to send the drones into Afghanistan to kill the Al Qaeda chief. There is no other country surrounding Afghanistan that would have allowed its airspace to be used and is that friendly with the Americans. The beggars took the reward for the kill and is being rewarded further for their support.
Just wait for India's "curt"reply
Payback to Pakistan for betraying Al Zawhiri just like for betraying Bin Laden.
US is not reliable ally, don't buy any high end hardware from them, which requires support, they will not help us in time of war.
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Can we mass produce fighter engine without foreign help
US knows very f16 can be used for nuclear bombs which can cause big harm to India then also they are supplying the planes to Pak,India should keep their friendship and support to Russia only and not run after treacherous US
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Pak is rich and has money for war wons
India tried to backstab US by conducting military drills with Russia, the very next day US approved this package for Pakistan - India underestimates US power and overestimates its own
Never trust a Democrat US presi nt!! Think Clinton, Ob, Biden. They all have a good face and bad intentions towards India.
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US policies are unpredictable and untrustworthy. India is absolutely on a track with its self-reliance and India-centric policy.
What Self Sufficient? All your Equipment is Foreign Made Mostly US/Russian? French So stop misleading people
Being friends with USA is like slee with the snakes. But being the land of snake charmers we know how to deal with the snakes.
No country has interest in India Pakistan , they just want to keep the fire ignited to sell more and more arms. If Indians and Pakistanis are smart they would fund a solution to whatever issues they have and live peacefully and stop handing over money to arm selling nations. Imran khan was smart so US got rid of him. Indians as larger country should take the lead for peace.
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We Indians must use our population strength to spread the name "Unreliable Snakes of America"
我们印度人应当利用人口实力，传播“Unreliable Snakes of America”这个名字。
The United States of Evil has lost its grounding. Even though many Americans see the fallacy of their go nment's foriegn policy debacles, US turns a total blond eye to the Pak te rorm ag inst India. Hopefully Putin wins big time and establishes a second world order where this sneaky western hegemony is put in its place.
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US is the biggest trouble maker in the world and it benefits from selling arms to troubled nations all about money
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US is mail culprit of all the war - Ukrain / Iraq / Afghanis…. Now they are arming pakistan,Entire world should boycott USA
US has been backstabbed by Pakistan so many times. Pakistan, ditched US in Afghanistan, secretaly helped Taliban to kill US soldiers. Top most US army officer had advised White House to break ties with Pakistan after US wound up its operation losing the war and taking a loss of trillions of dollars. US is an idiotic country, will never learn its lessons and correct its foreign policy. US has 29 trillion in federal de t. It is growing ls and bounds every minute. THe way Biden is spending money in Ukraine war and handing out benefits to immigrants, the country will soon be in a financial dissaster. In any case we must be neutral, prepare ourselves to fight any threats internally or externally.
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Fenku is Indias first illiterate PM and doesn't care about anything. He even invited ISI to eat biryani in pathankot.
I am not at all surprised with USA move. We have to FIGHT OUR OWN FIGHT.