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U.S.-Pakistan F-16 Program to be ongoing: embassy

(Xinhua)

08:16, January 06, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. embassy to Pakistan on Thursday denied reports about a stoppage the U.S.-Pakistan F-16 program.

Pakistani military officials were quoted this week as saying that a U.S. aid cutoff would suspend next year delivery of six refitted F-16 aircraft.

"These reports are not accurate. Neither Pakistan nor the United States has canceled the F-16 program," the U.S. embassy said in statement.

The U.S. blocked 800-million-U.S.-dollar military aid last year and froze another 700-million-dollar aid last month. The U.S. has attached tough conditions to aid for Pakistan.

The U.S. embassy said that the planned delivery of the last " new-buy" F-16 purchased by Pakistan is scheduled to arrive in Pakistan from the United States in late January 2012.

"Several other F-16s purchased by Pakistan from the United States are undergoing mid-life upgrades and will arrive in Pakistan beginning in late January," the statement said.

Deliveries will continue throughout this year and next, it added.

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