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 - India Pushes For Pakistan to Remain on FATF Grey List, Says Pak Continues to be Safe Haven for Terrorists
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 - Pakistani Money Heist Titled '50 Crore' Triggers Hilarious Meme Fest on Twitter, Fans Call it 'Sasta Version'
“Pakistan cannot cooperate with the US on some issues,” he said. “One of these issues is its sovereignty.” Also Read - India to Observe October 22 as Black Day to Highlight Pak-Backed Militia's Invasion in J&K
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.”