WASHINGTON (Staff Report) – US Defence Security Cooperation Agency has certified to the Congress that it is in America’s national interest to sell eight F-16 fighter jets and related equipment to Pakistan.

The certification is needed to satisfy the US Congress where pro-India lobby is opposing the sale.

The clarification rejects India’s claim that the proposed sale will alter military balance in South Asia.

It also dispelled objections raised during recent congressional debates that it will adversely affect US defence interests in Afghanistan where thousands of US troops are still present.