Pakistan would strongly press for the sale F-16 fighter planes, capable of delivering nuclear weapons, during the US-Pakistan Defence Consultative Group (DCG) meeting to be held here in the first week of next month.
"Pakistan will also press for its legitimate defence requirements,particularly the sale of advanced weapon systems, including F-16 fighter aircraft, repair and upgradation of existing systems and licences for the import of spares," officials were quoted as saying by local daily 'Dawn' here.
The DCG meeting would be held here from February one to four and would be co-chaired by US Under Secretary of Defence Douglas J. Feith and Pakistani Defence Secretary Lt-Gen (retired) Hamid Nawaz Khan.
This is the first DCG meet after the US granted Major Non NATO ally status to Pakistan, which officials here claim helps in faster clearance of weapons for the country.
"The US administration is more sensitive to our defence requirements and we hope the trend will continue," Pakistan officials said.
The US recently cleared USD 1.3 billion defence package for Islamabad which included three P-3C Orion surveillance aircraft but was silent on Pakistan's persistent demand for a fleet of F-16s.
The DCG working groups on military cooperative consultations, counter-terrorism and security assistance would review the progress of defence cooperation and identify and plan new activities for the future Pakistan Air Force, (PAF) has about 30 F-16 aircraft given in late 80s and Islamabad has been scouting for latest F-16s capable of delivering nuclear weapons.