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Tronic
25 Dec 07,, 00:01
US military aid misused in Pakistan: reports


By Washington correspondent Michael Rowland

Posted 1 hour 55 minutes ago

Concern is mounting in the United States that billions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan might be getting misused.

Bush administration officials have told newspaper The New York Times that military aid to Pakistan is being spent on weapons to fight India instead of the Taliban and Al Qaeda.

The US has given Pakistan nearly $6 billion to tackle the terrorist groups, but the officials claim a lot of it is not reaching front line troops.

The paper also quotes US officials accusing Pakistan of inflating the cost of fuel and ammunition to increase the amount of aid it gets from the US.

Pakistan's military describes the claims as nonsense.

Pakistan also accuses the US of withholding the advanced weapons systems it needs to effectively fight terrorism.

The US Congress last week put restrictions on military aid to Pakistan until it can be shown full democratic rights have been restored in the country.

US military aid misused in Pakistan: reports - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) (http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2007/12/25/2127119.htm?section=world)


Now, who would have thought? :rolleyes:

And shame to the US for not supplying Pakistan with the advanced weapons to fight AQ and Taliban. Better start pumping in more F-16s, P-3Cs and Harpoon missiles... :redface:

Ray
25 Dec 07,, 02:13
Ah well!

The usual!

Mobbme
25 Dec 07,, 05:42
Not to offend anyone, but when Pakistan was hit with an earthquake and all the countriies including India Usa Canada ETC pledged BILLIONS of dollars to them, i'm 100% sure MOST of the money wasnt spent on the victims....... :rolleyes:

Vinod2070
25 Dec 07,, 06:15
<sarcasm>How will all the advanced weapons help anyone if they are going to surrender without a fight anyway.</sarcasm>

And this should not come as a surprise to anyone. To expect otherwise would be surprising. ;)

Julie
25 Dec 07,, 07:51
Not to offend anyone, but when Pakistan was hit with an earthquake and all the countriies including India Usa Canada ETC pledged BILLIONS of dollars to them, i'm 100% sure MOST of the money wasnt spent on the victims....... :rolleyes:surely you gest ? :rolleyes:

glyn
25 Dec 07,, 11:50
surely you gest ? :rolleyes:

Guests jest. Moderators gest.:confused: :eek: :biggrin:

Julie
26 Dec 07,, 06:29
Guests jest. Moderators gest.:confused: :eek: :biggrin: It was 2:00 a.m. in the morning, I was half asleep, give me a break. :tongue:

The One
26 Dec 07,, 08:51
Not to offend anyone, but when Pakistan was hit with an earthquake and all the countriies including India Usa Canada ETC pledged BILLIONS of dollars to them, i'm 100% sure MOST of the money wasnt spent on the victims....... :rolleyes:

:biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin: .............GOOD JOKE.

Ryan Bailey
15 Jan 08,, 15:28
Honesty in governance would necessitate a full audit of aid.

Ray
15 Jan 08,, 16:45
The US requires Pakistan and so she has to accept whatever Pakistan does.

There are no options.



US POLICY EXPERTS SAY PAKISTAN IS VITAL, OPPOSE AID CONDITIONS


WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (NNN-APP): Highlighting Pakistan’s vital anti-terror role over the years, a top American foreign policy expert has strongly opposed any move to condition US assistance for the South Asian ally.

Lisa Curtis, a senior Heritage Foundation analyst, reminded that Pakistan’s critical cooperation in counter terrorism has led to numerous successes in the region and also helped save American lives.

Taking part in a debate on US-Pakistan alliance, she observed that a fair and transparent parliamentary election would bring stability to Pakistan but argued that the way to promote democracy in the country is not by conditioning American assistance.

Attaching conditions or cutting assistance will make Pakistanis view the US as an untrustworthy partner and jeopardize America’s ability to cooperate closely on counter terrorism, she remarked.

“The US lost valuable leverage with Pakistan when it abruptly cut off aid in the early 1990s because of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme.”

She observed curbing terrorism is in Pakistan’s own national interest but pointed out that “cutting or conditioning aid fuels the perception that Pakistan is taking action to fight terrorism under US coercion rather than to protect its own citizens.”

“We should remember that the US has benefited directly from the partnership it has built with Pakistan over the last six years through the provision of economic and military aid,” she added.

Pakistan, Curtis said, has captured senior al-Qaeda leaders and helped thwart several major terrorist attacks.

“Pakistan’s cooperation in the war on terrorism may have helped save hundreds, possibly thousands, of American lives.”

“Washington should continue its economic and military assistance programs to Pakistan,” she stressed in the Los Angeles Times debate.

“The way to promote a democratic Pakistan is to back open elections,” she advocated, saying these would offer a powerful antidote to extremism.

Meanwhile, speaking at a Washington think tank, a senior expert Flynt Leverett acknowledged Pakistan’s key efforts in the fight against terrorism and came down on critics who in their discussions keep harping on US extending 10 billion dollars in assistance to the ally.

He noted that statements that the United States has provided Pakistan with $ 10 billion in assistance since Sept 11, 2001 are misleading.

“Let’s be true, more than half of that amount is not true “assistance” but rather reimbursements for costs accrued by the Pakistani military supporting US counter terrorism operations,” he said at the New American Foundation.

Leveret also called for being honest and sober in expecting what Pakistan can do in fighting terrorism.--NNN-APP




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Between a rock and a hard place!

omon
15 Jan 08,, 20:40
when it isn,t missused?

ArloRay
24 Jan 08,, 20:53
Lisa Curtis, a senior Heritage Foundation analyst,

“We should remember that the US has benefited directly from the partnership it has built with Pakistan over the last six years through the provision of economic and military aid,” she added.

Pakistan, Curtis said, has captured senior al-Qaeda leaders and helped thwart several major terrorist attacks.

“Pakistan’s cooperation in the war on terrorism may have helped save hundreds, possibly thousands, of American lives.”

The American Government is broke. Giving money to one of a bunch of countries who take money by offering little tid bits of peace meal offerings while they do their dirty work on the underside to get whoever they want rich in their own countries.

There will be a continous flow of backlashes against U.S. citizens or unsuspecting military personel that will all be concidered expendable.

The American people will eventually become penniless themselves one day. Ah, but they will still have to work no doubt. Will they benefit from their labor or will the "State"? To the new elite class. oughhh rahhh!

Jay
26 Jan 08,, 17:08
Not to offend anyone, but when Pakistan was hit with an earthquake and all the countriies including India Usa Canada ETC pledged BILLIONS of dollars to them, i'm 100% sure MOST of the money wasnt spent on the victims....... :rolleyes:

I dont think Pakistan got all the money that was pledged, if you look at the actuals, you will be surprised.:eek: