Stopping US aid to Pak could be risky at this juncture: US official

November 14th, 2007 - 8:29 am ICT by admin  
“The problem is we have a war in Afghanistan, and Pakistan is a coalition partner,” said the senior US official who is involved in policy matters relating to Pakistan.

“We have troops on the ground in Afghanistan, and it’s hard to have a good outcome there if Pakistan is not cooperating,” he added.

The US is likely to continue to scold Musharraf, but it would not impose significant sanctions, the Los Angeles Times said.

“For six years, the US has staunchly supported Musharraf, choosing to back a military leader seen as a strong ally in the ‘war on terror’ rather than push the general more forcefully for democratic reforms,” the paper said in a news analysis.

“The declaration does not impact our military support for Pakistan,” spokesman Geoff Morrell said, adding that the “stakes were high”.

US Defence Secretary Robert M Gates was closely monitoring the situation, said the news analysis.

“I think Musharraf has rolled the dice,” said the senior US official, adding, “He believes that the odds are in his favour, that the public is going to accept this and that the public response to this is containable without a lot of violence.

“But it’s a risk,” said the official.

According to some other officials and experts, the emergency could inflame Islamic militancy in Pakistan and could also aggravate the political instability.

US officials and experts emphasised that the US response would depend on the duration of the emergency order, and whether Musharraf sticks his pledges to allow elections to go forward. (ANI)

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