Defense News quotes South Asia Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Claude Rakisits on the US Congress’ move to prevent Pakistani efforts to acquire F-16 fighter jets: 

“The sale of the F-16s is not looking promising,” Rakisits said. “And if the sale of the F-16s has now effectively stalled in a Senate dominated by the generally Pakistan-friendly Republican Party, I would have thought that such a sale to go ahead in a possible Democratic-majority Senate following the 2016 congressional elections would be even more unlikely.”

He expressed some surprise at the turn of events considering the previous Republican attitude towards Pakistan, plus recent efforts that were helping smooth over past differences.

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