Softening anti-India provisions in new US bill will come at a cost to PakApril 16th, 2009 - 1:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Apr.16 (ANI): Experts believe that Pakistan will have to convince the United States of a stern action on terror groups based in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) if Islamabad wants Washington to soften its stand on the conditions it has imposed in the new US bill for the region.
Pakistan has expressed its discontent over the annual US aid of 1.5 billion dollars for the next five years, as it comes with certain conditions which are quite obliviously unacceptable to it.
According to the new US bill, Pakistan is required to change its attitude towards India, considering it as its friend, and not an enemy whether New Delhi reciprocates such gestures or not.
Furthermore, Islamabad will also have to ban all Kashmiri groups struggling to free the valley from India’s control.
This clearly reflects that the US considers that the terror groups based on Pakistani soil have contributed to increasing militancy in the region.
Experts believe that the US Congress could soften the two conditions, but not before putting another condition demanding a firmer commitment from Pakistan to root out the militants from its soil specially those based in FATA.
According to Senator Carl Levin, Islamabad is more concerned about its border with India, ignoring the real problem along the western Afghan border which allows the militants to operate freely in the region, The Dawn reports.
President Obama’s new envoy for Kabul General Karl Eikenberry, who has headed US forces in Afghanistan, noted that militant groups operating in Kashmir have had links with the Taliban and Al Qaeda, and have also initiated actions against the allied forces. (ANI)
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