Islamabad, June 13: Pakistan has closed the chapter of seeking F16 fighter jets from the US and will now opt for Jordan-owned F16 jets, an official said here on Monday. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry, briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Foreign Policy, said the US seemed to be satisfied with Pakistan’s decision.Also Read - T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli Reveals India's Strategy Ahead of Pakistan Game, Says Pretty Sorted
Choudhry said that one of the reasons for strained relations with the US were Pakistan’s close ties with China.(ALSO READ:US lawmakers debate proposed sale of F-16 jets to Pakistan). Also Read - Shocking, Unscientific Methodology: Govt Reacts on India's Rank Slip in Global Hunger Index Report
“Pakistan cannot cooperate with the US on some issues,” he said. “One of these issues is its sovereignty.” Also Read - 20 Dead, Hundreds Injured As 6.0 Magnitude Earthquake Jolts Southern Pakistan
He added that strained relations with the US were nothing new for Pakistan.
Condemning the US policy of the war on terror he said, the US “has spent 16 years fighting the war on terror. If only it had given six years to the peace process, things would have been different.”