Islamabad, 5th May, 2016 (WAM) – Pakistan began to hold contacts with China and Russia for the purchase of fighter jets needed to strengthen its military capacity to continue to fight terrorism after the United States refused to finance the purchase of F-16 fighter jets and asked Pakistan to finance the purchase of military aircraft on their own.

The Prime Minister’ adviser for Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, said on Thursday his country would discuss the possibility of buying fighter jets from sources other than the US.

Local Media reported that the US government had agreed in February to sell 16 F-8 fighter jets and other military equipment estimated at $ 699 million, but the US Senate opposed the deal .

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