New US Bill forces Pak to ensure no nefarious activities against India to qualify for aidApril 10th, 2009 - 12:55 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr.10 (ANI): The United States has incorporated new conditions for Pakistan that it would not lend support to any group or person conspiring against India, before the Obama Administration gives a green signal to the 1.5 billion dollars assistance to it for the next five years.
The Pakistan aid bill named the Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement or the PEACE Act of 2009, was tabled in the US House of Representatives on April 2.
The Clause ‘J’ of the bill clearly states : ” It requires Pakistan not to support any person or group that conducts violence, sabotage, or other activities meant to instill fear or terror in India.”
Furthermore, the bill states that Pakistan should ensure access of US investigators to individuals suspected of engaging in worldwide proliferation of nuclear materials, and restrict such individuals from travel or any other activity that could result in further proliferation, Dawn reported.
This means, if the bill is passed, the United States would have a direct access to the disgraced Pakistan scientist Dr.A.Q. Khan and his aides who have been charged of secretly providing nuclear technology to Iran, North Korea and Libya.
Khan, however, has been acquitted by Pakistan Supreme Court of all such charges.
The bill also asks Islamabad to redouble its efforts to prevent the presence of the Taliban and its allies in Pakistan that support extremists in Afghanistan.
According to sources the main reason why Washington attached all these condition with the proposed financial aid to Pakistan, is that the United States fears that Pakistan could turn into a safe haven for terrorists armed with atomic weapons.
In the recent past the United States has also clarified that it would not offer a ‘blank cheque’ to Islamabad, and that it would be made accountable for all the help it receives.
The PEACE Act also has mention of improving counterterrorism financing and anti-money laundering laws to comply with international standards for Pakistan. (ANI)
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