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Senator McCain seeks hearing on F-16 sale to Pak

F 16 performing during the AERO INDIA 2013 at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bangalore on February 06, 2013.

F 16 performing during the AERO INDIA 2013 at Air Force Station Yelahanka in Bangalore on February 06, 2013.  

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Rand Paul has moved a resolution that seeks to stop the sale altogether.

Republican Senator John McCain has sought a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the proposed sale of U.S built F-16 fighter planes to Pakistan. Mr McCain, who is also the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he was concerned about the consequences the sale would have for U.S relations with India.

"I would rather have seen it kicked over into the next administration," Mr. McCain said. Lockheed Martin Corp, the company that makes F-16s, is lobbying with Congress members for not impeding the sale. In a deal worth $ 699 million that the Obama administration notified Congress on February 12, Pakistan was to buy eight F-16s, radars and other equipment.

Meanwhile, Republican Senator Rand Paul has moved a resolution that seeks to stop the sale altogether. As per U.S laws, Congress can vote to stop or modify the terms of a foreign military sale, but that will be subject to a presidential veto.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker had said he would not try to block the deal itself, but would oppose the financing of the deal from the U.S foreign military financing. Pakistan was to pay only $ 200 million.

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