‘US making sure military aid to Pak is not used against India’

July 28th, 2010 - 1:31 pm ICT by ANI  

F-16 Washington, July 28(ANI): The United States has said that it has been using ’systems of accountability’ to monitor the military aid being provided to Pakistan, and to make sure that it is not used against India.

U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said this after Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony raised concerns over misuse of US military assistance to Pakistan.

Crowley stressed that the Obama administration have systems of accountability to be sure that aid is being employed in “accordance with the agreements that we have with Pakistan”.

‘A stable Pakistan is not a threat to India. A stable India does not need to be a threat to Pakistan,” The News quoted Crowley, as saying.

“So building up the capability of Pakistan to deal with the threat within its own borders should not be seen as a threat to India,” he added.

Earlier, during a meeting with the US Joint Chief of Staff Committee Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony had said that there was a possibility of the military aid being used against India.

He also suggested that the US needed to set up a monitoring mechanism to ensure that the arms being giving to Pakistan to combat terrorism are not diverted and used against India.

Antony also expressed his apprehensions that the arms aid was disproportionate to the war on terror for which it was meant.

US military supplies to Pakistan this year are expected to be worth over 300 million dollars.

Most of the hardware that the US is supplying to Pakistan is classified, but the list is known to include F-16 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft, Harpoon missiles, heavy artillery guns and helicopter gunships. (ANI)

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