A Pakistani man looks on as a Pakistan International Airline (PIA) plane taxis on the runway on the way to Saudi Arabia during the PIA employees strike in Islamabad on February 8, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Farooq NAEEM
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India said that it is disappointed with the United States' decision to sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan and that it does not believe such an arms transfer will help combat terrorism.The U.S. ambassador to India, Richard Verma, was summoned Saturday to the External Affairs Ministry, where Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar conveyed India's displeasure with the deal.During the Cold War, relations between India and the United States were strained as America tilted toward Pakistan and India had to turn to the Soviet Union for support.India and the United States have forged closer economic and defense ties in the past decade, although New Delhi has often protested continuing U.S. military sales to Pakistan.India has for decades accused Pakistan of harboring and supporting terrorist groups that regularly attack Indian targets.
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