Pakistan's Government Decides to Go Forward with Purchase of U.S. and Chinese Fighter Jets

The number of planes and the cost of the deals were not disclosed. In November 2005, President Musharraf had delayed the purchase, following the earthquake that killed tens of thousands in northern Pakistan and Pakistani-controlled Kashmir. At the time, spending billions of dollars on weapons was seen as inappropriate in the face of massive needs by earthquake survivors.

India has complained about the sale of sophisticated jets. If the purchase turns out to accelerate the Indo-Pakistani arms race, then reconciliation efforts between the two nations may suffer.

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“Pakistan to Buy American F-16s, Chinese FC-10 Fighter Jets—Minister,” Forbes, 13 April 2006.