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Pakistan mulls legal fight for U.S. F-16s

January 11, 1998 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Pakistan is considering taking the United States to court to get 28 contracted F-16 fighter planes or the $658 million it paid for them.

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The 28 planes were to be first deliveries out of a total of 71 Pakistan ordered from the U.S. in the late 1980s. But Washington halted aid to Pakistan in October 1990, blocking $1.4 billion of military equipment Islamabad had paid for, over suspicions it was building nuclear weapons.

Washington says it is trying to sell the F-16s to third parties to reimburse Pakistan with the proceeds.