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Pakistan wants to buy F-16s from Belgium

IRNA

2003/08/19

Brussels, Aug 19, IRNA -- Pakistan wants to buy as yet an unknown 
number of F-16 jet fighter planes from Belgium, the Flemish-langage 
daily ``De Morgen`` reported Tuesday. 
Belgian is offering to sell 30 F-16s, but the deal with Pakistan
needs US consent, said the Belgian paper. 
The Americans have their own F-16s to sell and on a lower price 
and better conditions, a Belgian defence specialist Stef Goris told 
the paper. 
Belgian defence minister Andre Flahut was quoted saying that the
dossier over the sale of the F-16s has not been sent for advice and 
neither has Belgian asked the Americans for their approval as yet. 
However, De Morgen quoted the leader of Belgium`s Socialist party
(SP-A), Steve Stevaert, saying that it is not a good idea to deliver 
our F-16s to Pakistan. 
He noted that Pakistan is a nuclear power and the F-16s could be 
used to drop nuclear arms. Moreover, Pakistan is not a signatory to 
the NPT. 
NK/212 
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