US beats token resistance over Pannun issue, approves sale of drones to India

US State Department notifies Congress of approval for the sale of 31 MQ-9B Drones worth $3.99 billion to India, overcoming resistance from lawmakers. Sale not halted by concerns over alleged plot to kill Khalistani separatist Gurpatwant Singh Pannu. Indian officials confident about sale going through; strategic objectives include countering China and ensuring safety of international shipping lanes.