Accusing Pakistan of playing “double game” with the US, top American lawmakers have questioned the Obama administration’s decision to sell eight nuclear-capable F-16 fighter jets to the former.

“I’m concerned that Pakistan continues to play a double game, fighting terrorism that has a direct impact inside the country, and supporting it in places like India and Afghanistan where it believes such a policy furthers its national interests,” Congressman Eliott Engel, Ranking Member of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Thursday.

“So what are we doing about that? How does our assistance support or hinder our hope that Pakistan begins to fight all terrorists?” Engel asked the Secretary of State John Kerry, who was testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on his annual budgetary proposals.

Kerry did not respond to the question but in his opening remarks said, “the US is helping Pakistan and Afghanistan to counter violent extremism”.