ISLAMABAD, 1st May 2016 (WAM) – Pakistani Foreign Office said the proposed sale of F-16 aircraft by the United States to Pakistan is still under discussion between the two countries This was stated by Foreign Office Spokesman Nafees Zakariya on Sunday while commenting on media reports regarding the cutting of financial subsidy for the sale of the aircraft by the United States. He said United States and Pakistan have not put the deal on hold. However, there was a reference that President Obama Administration is in favour of supplying F-16s to Pakistan.

The Spokesman said Pakistan and the United States are cooperating in the fight against terrorism.

He pointed out that provision of F-16s to Pakistan will enhance its anti-terrorism capability but added that coordinated efforts are needed at international level to tackle the menace of terrorism and the responsibility to eliminate terrorism cannot be placed on one country.

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