Verma was summoned after India reacted strongly to the US decision taken yesterday.

"We are disappointed at the decision of the (Barack) Obama administration to notify the sale of F-16 aircraft to Pakistan", the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement in New Delhi.

"We disagree with their rationale that such arms transfers help to combat terrorism. The record of the last many years in this regard speaks for itself", it added.

The Obama administration yesterday approved the sale of eight F-16 Block-52 aircraft to Pakistan worth USD 699 million in the face of US lawmakers' opposition to the deal over Islamabad's alleged support for terrorist groups.

The US State Department has approved the sale, the Pentagon's Defence Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said as it notified US Congress of the possible sale.

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