US Senator wants aid to Pak to be used exactly what it is meant forMay 22nd, 2009 - 12:57 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, May 22 (ANI): Worried over reports about Pakistan rapidly adding to its stockpile of nuclear weapons, and speculations about Islamabad misusing the US aid meant for carrying counter insurgency operations, a senior US Senator has moved an amendment to a bill before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that requires Pakistan not to redirect American aid for expansion of its nuclear establishments.
Addressing the Committee, Democrat Senator Jim Webb said the amendment was primarily aimed at ensuring that Pakistan does not misuse the assistance.
“The purpose of the amendment was to ensure that none of the money provided by the US would go to ‘build, help, or support’ the country’s nuclear programme. It can only be used for the purpose it’s intended for,” The Dawn quoted Webb, as saying.
Webb said the Obama administration must attach the amendment to the bill authorizing US assistance to Pakistan.
However, the Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen did not supported the amendment saying conditioning all the money meant for Pakistan could prove counter-productive for America’s aims.
“It was not possible to impose this requirement so quickly, and I would like to ensure that the conditions were ‘not so rigid’ that we cannot get started,” said Admiral Mullen.
He also noted that Al-Qaeda was expanding its nefarious activities in other countries of the world with the primary aim of targeting America.
“Al-Qaida, which continues not to be just in Pakistan, but is now moving into Yemen, is connected very well in Somalia, and in other parts of the world.Their strategic objectives remain the same - to threaten us, to threaten the west,” Admiral Mullen said. (ANI)
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