US Says No F-16s For Pakistan -
Musharraf Openly Rebuked

New York (AFP) The United States is not considering releasing F-16s to Islamabad despite a public request by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to do so, a senior US administration official has said.
Musharraf, in an interview with The New York Times published yesterday, said he hoped for "gestures" from US President George W. Bush to show Washington's appreciation for Islamabad's cooperation in the US-led war on terrorism.
Musharraf specifically said he hoped for the release of US F-16 fighter planes sold to Pakistan when it was an ally against the Soviet Union and then withheld because of the country's development of nuclear weapons.
"It is highly unlikely they will ask, and it's not under consideration," the senior US official, who requested anonymity, told reporters yesterday hours before Bush and Musharraf were to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly here.
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