Half in US want to freeze aid to Pakistan

November 23rd, 2007 - 1:14 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Nov 23 (ANI): Almost half of the Americans want the Bush Administration to cut off monetary assistance to Pakistan until the state of emergency is lifted and democracy is restored in that country, according to a poll released by Fox News.

Around 50 per cent of the respondents were in favour of a cut in Pakistan aid, while 34 per cent were not, a poll conducted by the Opinion Dynamics has revealed.

The US has provided Pakistan with 10.59 billion dollars in military, economic and development aid since September 11, 2001, when President General Pervez Musharraf became an ally of Washington before the start of the War on Terrorism.

On November 3, Musharraf declared a state of emergency claiming the countrys judges were incurring in “activism” and saying he needed special tools to deal with growing Islamic militancy.

The measure was condemned by the US Government, which called for the restoration of democracy.

On November 16, Pakistani opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto said Washington should threaten to cut aid to Pakistan to press it to restore democracy, declaring, “I would like to see aid used as a leverage to influence General Musharraf as well as the armed forces. (…) Theyre benefiting from the immense international assistance that is coming into Pakistan.”

In October 1999, Musharraf led a military coup to depose then Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, and two years later he assumed the presidency. (ANI)

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