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  1. Nasir

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    Arms sales to Pakistan, India in 2006: Rivalry could put US ‘on the hook’

    WASHINGTON: The Bush administration is manoeuvring to balance possible big new US arms sales to archrivals India and Pakistan in the New Year.

    In the past week, US Vice President Dick Cheney and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have made separate visits, not announced in advance, to Pakistan, a key ally in the US-led war on terrorism.

    If their rivalry flared anew, the United States could be on the hook to deliver sophisticated weaponry to a region on the brink of war, said Matt Schroeder of the Federation of American Scientists’ arms sales monitoring project.

    Islamabad will make up its mind in the coming year on a US offer to resume F-16 fighter aircraft sales after a 16-year break, Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri was quoted by the Associated Press of Pakistan as saying after Cheney left.

    Earlier this month, Air Force Lt Gen Jeffrey Kohler, head of the Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency, said he expected Pakistan to modify buying plans because of the October 8 earthquake.

    “I think that what we were ready to do right before the earthquake is probably going to have to change,” Kohler said in a December 7 interview in Washington.

    “We’ll get back with Pakistan early in the New Year and see what they want to do,” he added. Before the quake struck, Pakistan had asked about buying as many as 75 new F-16 C/D models and 11 refurbished F-16s, Kohler said in May.

    The Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corporation builds the single-engine, multi-role F-16. New purchases would boost a fleet of about 32 F-16s acquired before Congress cut off sales in 1990 over Pakistan’s nuclear program.

    In May, the Pentagon told Congress it was proposing to let Pakistan buy 300 AIM-9M-1/2 ‘Sidewinder’ heat-seeking, air-to-air missiles and 60 Harpoon missiles with a combined value of up to $226 million.

    India as the China hedge: Separately, the United States is poised to push in the new year for major arms sales to India, a hedge against China’s growing regional military clout and influence.

    The Bush administration is weighing, among other things, whether to let India buy a state-of-the-art radar system as part of a US bid for a potential $5 billion contract to supply 126 multi-role fighters, Kohler said in the interview. The possible supply of Active Electronically Scanned Array Radar, or AESA, would boost US prospects against expected competition from Sweden, France and Russia. The technology is meant to let US fighters detect and destroy enemy aircraft at significantly longer ranges.

    An Indian purchase of either the F-16 or the F/A-18 E/F Super Hornet built by Boeing Corporation, the other US fighter on offer, would cement a change in US-Indian bilateral ties since the end of the Cold War. reuters

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    Big US arms sale next year

    WASHINGTON, Dec 26: The Bush administration is maneuvering to balance possible big new US arms sales to India and Pakistan in the new year. In the past week, US Vice President Dick Cheney and Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld have made separate visits, not announced in advance, to Pakistan, a key ally in the US-declared war on terrorism.

    Islamabad will make up its mind in the coming year on a US offer to resume F-16 fighter aircraft sales after a 16-year break, Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri was quoted by the Associated Press of Pakistan as saying after Cheney left.

    Earlier this month, Air Force Lt-Gen Jeffrey Kohler, head of the Pentagon’s Defence Security Cooperation Agency, said he expected Pakistan to modify buying plans because of the Oct 8 earthquake.

    “I think that what we were ready to do right before the earthquake is probably going to have to change,” Kohler said in a Dec 7 interview with Reuters in Washington.

    “We’ll get back with Pakistan early in the new year and see what they want to do,” he added. Before the temblor, Pakistan had asked about buying as many as 75 new F-16C/D models and 11 refurbished F-16s, Kohler said in May.

    The single-engine multi-role F-16 is built by Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp. New purchases would boost a fleet of about 32 F-16s acquired before Congress cut off sales in 1990 over Pakistan’s N-plan.

    In May, the Pentagon told Congress it was proposing to let Pakistan buy 300 AIM-9M-1/2 “Sidewinder” heat-seeking, air-to-air missiles and 60 Harpoon missiles with a combined value of up to $226 million.—Reuters

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