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US shoots down Pakistan demand for F-16s

United States Secretary of State Colin Powell shot down an insistent Pakistan's demand to give F-16 fighter jets that Islamabad had bought years ago, but whose transfer was blocked by the US Congress as a rap on the knuckles for its nuclear weapons programme.

Powell speaking on NBC's Meet the Press programme said, "The US has a new military dialogue with Pakistan, but at the moment it does not include the transfers of those F-16s."

Justifying his decision to block the transfer of F-16s, Powell said Pakistan has already been adequately compensated.

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf had earlier said on Sunday that the US refusal to sell the fighter jets has been 'received negatively' in his country.

"This is one issue held very much against the United States," Musharraf had said to NBC on Sunday.

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