Pakistani PM is visiting Sri Lanka.

There has been a lot of discussion in the news media about the selling of JF-17.

Some says that India is putting pressure on Sri Lanka not to buy jets from Pakistan and hence they are not buying. Some says that Sri Lanka hasn't bought JF-17 but committed. Some says contract has been signed for 8 jets.

What is actually going on?

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No. If you see the wiki page of the jet and see the operators, you will see Sri Lanka is not an operator. The Sri-Lankan Government has denied that any such matter came up in talks with the Pakistani officials however they added that they were still looking to purchase new fighters.

Quoting the Columbo Gazette:

The Government has denied reports that it has struck a deal with Pakistan for the purchase of JF-17 Thunder fighter jets, The Hindu newspaper reported.

“The matter did not even come up for discussion during the talks [with the Pakistani government],” Karunasena Hettiarachchi, Defence Secretary, told The Hindu , adding that his government was still considering the purchase of fighter jets.

Terming the reports as “incorrect,” Mahishini Colonne, spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responded, saying that “if there arises a requirement for Sri Lanka to procure aircraft of this nature, in keeping with the policy of the Government of Sri Lanka to maintain transparency, expressions of interest will be called for, from all concerned.”

Some sections of the press have however speculated that deal was in fact on the table but Indian pressure forced the Sri-Lankans to reconsider.

Quoting the diplomat:

According to The Indian Express, the Sri Lankan government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, canceled its plans to purchase the JF-17s after a “diplomatic missive” from New Delhi suggesting that Colombo should refrain from adding these aircraft to its fleet.

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