West should provide Pak with 100b dollar economic packageDecember 17th, 2008 - 12:38 pm ICT by ANI
New York, Dec.17 (ANI): The United States and other Western donors should agree to a 100 billion economic package for Pakistan provided it verifiably eliminates its entire nuclear stockpile and industrial base that sustains it.
According to an opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal Tuesday, President Asif Ali Zardari during his recent visit to the United Nations made repeated appeals for financial aid from the international community.
The WSJ report says that the 100 billion dollars should be administered by an independent authority and disbursed over 10 years, on condition that Pakistan remain a democratic and secular state (no military rulers; no Sharia law). It would supplement that package with military aid similar to what the US provides Israel: F-35 fighters, M-1 tanks, Apache helicopters. The US would also extend its nuclear umbrella to Pakistan, just as Hillary Clinton now proposes to do for Israel. The Wall Street Journal, a conservative business newspaper, is generally considered to echo the thinking of a powerful segment of think tanks and opinion makers in the United States. (ANI)
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