The US argument that it was supplying sophisticated weapons system to Pakistan to tackle terrorist groups does not stand, Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday.
"India had told US Defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld that supplying weapons like F-16 fighter aircraft, lethal missile systems and naval reconnaissance aircraft to Pakistan at this juncture would affect the peace process," he told reporters after dedicating a martyrs' memorial in Bhubaneswar.
"The argument given is that the weapons are being given to contain terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and Taliban but it does not stand," Mukherjee said, adding, "Nobody uses F-16 planes and other weapons meant for big wars to fight terrorists."
Rumsfeld, during his recent visit to New Delhi, had met him, the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister Natwar Singh and "all of us impressed upon him that the weapons should not be given to Pakistan at this juncture," the Defence Minister said.
The US has categorised Pakistan as one of its major non-NATO allies, he said.