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Pakistan, US may ink pact on defence supplies

September 16, 2003 15:39 IST

Pakistani and US defence officially currently meeting in Washington are expected to reach an agreement on defence supplies.

"Once an agreement is reached, the United States will resume sending spares for major US military equipment Pakistan received in the past," a Pakistani daily quoted an American official as saying in Washington.

Pakistan has already been getting some spares after the US lifted sanctions against it in the aftermath of its support in the war in Afghanistan, the official said.

After the agreement, Pakistan will also get spares and ammunition for the 38 F-16 jets that it acquired from the US during the Afghan war in the 1980s, Dawn reported.

The agreement will be concluded during the course of the ongoing US-Pakistan Defence Consultative Group meeting.

The newspaper also quoted Pakistani officials as saying that the US might agree to upgrade the F-16s.

Pakistan is also expected to raise its concerns over Israel's decision to provide Phalcon airborne early warning systems and Arrow missile technology to India, diplomatic sources said.

The meeting is to be followed by President Pervez Musharraf's and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali's visit to the US later this month.

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