Aid to Pak must be stringed: US SenatorsMay 22nd, 2009 - 11:57 am ICT by ANI
Washington, May 22 (ANI): The proposed US military assistance to Pakistan must come with certain benchmarks which were missing in the aid provided to Islamabad in the past.
Several US Senators are pressing the Obama administration to impose conditions on the aid being provided to Pakistan, primarily aimed for counter-insurgency operations against the Taliban and other Islamist militants.
Several Democrat members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee warned the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, that since no accountability was put in place for the aid provided to Pakistan by the previous administration, the assistance could have been misused.
“There is a significant unease here in Congress over what has happened previously in the transfer of our funds. Many of us did not learn until last year some time that for those six or seven years that the prior administration was transferring very significant sums of money to Pakistan, we didn’t have a clue where it was going,” said Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, John Kerry.
Kerry said that he and other members of the committee are of the view that ‘adequate levels of scrutiny and accountability’ must be stringed with the proposed assistance.
Senators also expressed their concerns over the reports about a rapid expansion of Pakistan’s stockpile of nuclear weapons, The News reports.
An amendment that would prohibit the billion of dollars from being used to support the development or deployment of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons was also introduced by Senator Jim Webb. (ANI)
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