The United States is sell eight new F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan as reported in a leading US newspaper on Thursday.
The report comes on the same day when Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to have a meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington.
the US Congress was informed about the proposed delivery of extra fighters couple of days ago although it was not obvious whether White House would announce the sale of the aircraft during PM Nawaz’s visit to the US, the report added.
Like the former president George W Bush, President Obama is also trying to balance pressure on Pakistan with hints that Washington seen it a major ally.
However, the US Congress is yet to endorse the proposal and ultimate decision whether to proceed the proposal or discard is in the congress’ hands.
The US sees Pakistan as a crucial player in the region and a big non-NATO ally, a designation granted by the Bush administration when they invaded Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11 attacks.
Earlier, President Obama recently announced that US forces would be staying in Afghanistan longer than he had declared; however, the White House is having a wish to get the Taliban to table talk.