The US Senate rejected a resolution to block the $700 million sale of 8 F16 fighter jets to Pakistan despite objection by some top lawmakers who called Islamabad unreliable. The joint resolution, which was introduced by Senator Rand Paul was defeated by 71 to 24 votes. The voting was held a day after Pentagon commanders appealed against restricting or conditioning US aid to Pakistan. The Pakistan Air Force currently operates 70 F16s. Forty F-16 fighters were first introduced to PAF by the United States in the 1980s. However, due to the 1985 Pressler Amendment, the United States canceled the sale of an additional 28 F-16s in 1990 and imposed sanctions on Pakistan. After 9\/11, the US resumed military trade with Pakistan, agreeing to sell 18 F16s in 2006. Authorities have stated that the United States has agreed to sell 8 F16 fighter jets to Pakistan in order to bolster bilateral ties between the two countries. While officially the F16s are to be used against the Taliban and for counter-insurgency purposes, several US lawmakers suspected that Pakistan may use them against India. Congress would have 30 days to veto the deal if necessary. The US Congress has put on hold the proposed sale of 8 F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. US lawmakers have used clarification and information notices to delay the sale of the aircraft, concerned over Pakistan's alleged role in the Pathankot air base attack in India. However, the deal was not canceled and could still go through, if the Obama administration pushes for it. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher introduced a joint resolution in the House of Representatives to express Congress's disapproval over the F16 deal with Pakistan. Senator Rand Paul introduced a similar resolution in the Senate, demanding that the US halt military sales to Pakistan. They said the Osama bin Laden case and the fact that Pakistan arrested the CIA informant who disclosed Osama's whereabouts showed Pakistan's unreliability. Amidst stiff opposition from India and top American lawmakers, the US government formally published federal notification for the sale of eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. The notification stated that the sale would help improve the security of a strategic partner in South Asia. The move has face severe criticism from several US lawmakers and invited harsh comments from the Indian government. The US Senate rejected a resolution to block the $700 million sale of 8 F16 fighter jets to Pakistan despite objection by some top lawmakers who called Islamabad unreliable. The joint resolution, which was introduced by Senator Rand Paul was defeated by 71 to 24 votes. The voting was held a day after Pentagon commanders appealed against restricting or conditioning US aid to Pakistan. The Baloch representative to the UNHRC and the EU, Mehran Marri, condemned the move by the United States Government to sell F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. He stated that We condemn the sale of the F16 with mountainous capabilities because they're purely used against Baloch population. He went on to remind the officials of Pakistan's betrayal over Osama Bin Laden. The US has conveyed to India it has put in place an effective oversight and end-use monitoring system to monitor security assistance given to Pakistan. India as well as representatives of Pakistan's contested Balochistan province had conveyed their apprehensions of increased US military aid to Pakistan. US officials stated that the monitoring would ensure that all military aid is used solely for counter-terrorism operation. The Pakistan Prime Minister's special assistant on foreign affairs stated that the F-16 fighter jet purchase deal with the US was still intact, despite rising domestic opposition in the US. He said, It is the responsibility of the Obama Administration to persuade Congress over the sale of F-16s to Pakistan. His statements come amid reports that the US Congress halted the sale to Pakistan. The US asked Pakistan to put forward its national funds to buy eight F-16 fighter jets after top American Senators put a hold on subsidizing the sale. The US also gave Pakistan until May end to accept the new conditions, based on offer validity and (Lockheed's) production process point of view. However, officials did not give details on when this was communicated to Pakistan. Pakistan's Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said that the US-Pakistan relationship has been stressed due to the US's decision to not subsidize the F16 sale. Speaking to the Pakistani Senate, Aziz also mentioned the 'India factor' as the main reason behind US decision to withdraw its subsidy. He added that Pakistan is making efforts to negate India's influence over the decision. According to reports in Pakistani media, the Pakistani government has failed to secure the F16 deal with the US. The Pakistani government was allegedly required to provide the Letter of Acceptance for purchase of the jets by 24 May, however no such letter was issued and the offer expired. However, Pakistan's Ambassador to U.S. Jalil Abbas Jilani said the deal was not off yet.