Pakistan will buy F-16s from others if US fails to deliver: Aziz

Islamabad (PTI): Pakistan today said it will buy F-16 jets from other countries if the US failed to provide agreed funds, amid reports that the State Department expressed inability to fund the USD 700 million deal with American tax payers’ money.

Prime Minister’s advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that the Congressional blockade may force it to turn to other countries.


“Pakistan will buy F-16s from some other country if funding (from US) is not arranged,” Aziz said at a seminar.

The two nations had agreed on USD 700 million deal under which Pakistan was to pay USD 270 million from its national funds to purchase eight F-16s while the US was supposed to finance the rest of the amount from its Foreign Military Financing (FMF) fund.

But Congress has refused to approve the funding, leaving the deal in limbo, as cash-starved Pakistan may not be able to make the entire payment.

Earlier, at a Congressional hearing, US lawmakers made it clear that they would not allow the Obama administration to use US funds for the deal.

Last Friday, a State Department official said Congress had placed a hold on the deal, forbidding the administration from using US funds for enabling Pakistan to buy the planes.

And yesterday, the department confirmed that Pakistan will have to use its own funds if it wants the planes.

Aziz said F-16s was an effective tool to fight militancy and it can be replaced by JF-17 Thunder jets, locally produced.

He expressed concern at the growing military power of India and said if it isn’t checked, Pakistan will be “forced to increase its strategic power” too.

“The international community should avoid steps which may disturb the strategic balance in South Asia,” he said.


  1. Pakistani Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreigner Affairs, Sartraz Aziz, wants his country to have the American-made F-16 fighters and also expects America to provide funds for the purchase. Is Sartraz Aziz sane in making such comments?

    Otherwise, he says Pakistan will approach other countries. So, he expects other countries to supply these aircrafts and also advance money for purchase.

    From what little I know, Pakistani economy is in a very bad shape and there could be a financial crisis and bankruptcy.

  2. Paki’s want to purchase the sophisticated flying machines mainly to attack India. If this bankrupt country that can’t afford F-16’s, they should seriously consider going back to fighting with the Horse & Sword, and Oh for sure there will be no dearth for suicide bombers.

  3. I read on some other website that Pakistan is insisting on America to supply it F-16s and also provide money to buy these aircrafts.

    When any country wants to buy arms from other country that either manufactures them to is wiling to supply them, then they should have at least enough money to pay as advance. From what I have been reading, Pakistan is totally broke and needs foreign funds. When any country is in that position, then the saying, “beggars cannot be choosers,” is applicable and decency demands that they be polite and not indulge in “dadagiri”.

    Americans should tell Pakistan to go to hell and see which country is willing to fund them to buy arms.

  4. Instead of buying American F-16s, Pakistan could solve the problem by buying World War I mono and biplanes, if they are displayed in western and Japanese military and other museums.

    They would cost peanuts and are value-for-money goods.

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