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US Congress stalls F-16 sale to Pakistan

Washington: Jan 12; In a setback for Pakistan, Republican-controlled US Congress has stalled sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Islamabad, amid growing anti-Pakistan sentiments on Capitol Hill over its reluctance in taking action against terrorist groups.

Citing diplomatic and congressional sources, the Dawn said US lawmakers had placed a "hold" on the proposed sale.

"The hold reflects the growing anti-Pakistan sentiments on Capitol Hill where it is now a routine to see strong attacks on Pakistan. 

Quoting the diplomatic sources, the paper said the Obama administration "informally' notified Congress of its intention to sell eight F-16s to Pakistan during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's recent visit to Washington last October.

But the lawmakers used clarification and information notices to delay the sale. 

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