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What Signal Is Obama Sending By Selling More F-16s To Pakistan?

F-16 jet being re-fuelled mid-air. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense

F-16 jet being re-fuelled mid-air. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense

These new eight F-16s are not going to alter the military balance between India and Pakistan in a significant way, but they carry a lot of symbolism for Pakistan. The narrative built around F-16s allows Pakistani military to send a signal to the public of its modern capabilities while the politicians can showcase their ability to extract goodies from the US. It is something the US officials understand rather well.

Read Here – The Indian Express

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