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More dollars for Pakistan

More dollars for Pakistan

Author: Editorial
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: January 15, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/149951/More-dollars-for-Pakistan.html

US not bothered about jihad against India

Following in the footsteps of his predecessor, the new chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Mr John Kerry, has pledged to promote enhanced American aid for Pakistan, regardless of the fact that billions of dollars provided by Washington, DC, to Islamabad by way of military and non-military aid since 9/11 have disappeared down a big black hole. Oversight audits conducted by American agencies have shown that huge sums of money meant to help Pakistan fight terrorism, especially in the region along the Durand Line, have been siphoned with the help of false vouchers and bogus documents. As for non-military aid, it is obvious to the most casual observer of the situation that prevails in Pakistan that not a dollar's worth of change has occurred at the social or economic level. If Pakistan's alleged war on terror is foundering on the rock of that country's complicit partnership with jihadis of various shades, its claimed agenda for social change and economic reforms has proved to be no more than bunkum. Had it been otherwise, Pakistan would not have been descending so rapidly into jihadi chaos, political instability and economic mess. Indeed, American largesse ever since Islamabad decided to become a handmaiden of Washington, DC, in the Cold War decades has failed to shore up the Pakistani state or guide it towards stability and prosperity. Mr Kerry couldn't be unaware of the Pakistani reality. Nor could Mr Joe Biden, recently 'honoured' by Pakistan with a top civilian award, have been ignorant of the facts when he, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, had pushed for more aid to Pakistan in defiance of the demand on the Hill that all future assistance should be linked to Islamabad demonstrating its willingness to combat jihadi terrorism.

Curiously though, Mr Kerry's no-strings-tied pledge flies in the face of Secretary of State-designate Hillary Clinton's comment that American aid would be linked to Pakistan's commitment to fight terrorism. A measure of that commitment is provided by Pakistan's refusal to accept the truth about the fidayeen attack on Mumbai in which, apart from the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, a section of the Pakistani establishment, including the ISI, was involved. The same Pakistani elements and institutions plotted and executed the bombing of the Indian Embassy in Kabul and have had a role in every incident of jihadi violence in India. It is equally true that money diverted from American aid has been, and continues to be, used by Pakistan to wage its covert war against India.

The US Administration is fully aware of these and other facts which prove that there is nothing that separates the Pakistani state from Pakistani terrorists. If despite such knowledge the US goes ahead with providing $ 1.5 billion to Pakistan every year for the next five years, as has been promised by Mr Kerry, then we can come to only two conclusions. First, for all its expressions of concern over Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in India, the US is really unmoved by the slaughter of innocent Indians. Second, irrespective of Pakistan's emergence as the terror hub of the world and the biggest exporter of jihad, Washington, DC, will continue to treat Islamabad as a 'trusted' ally. It's a perverse relationship from which the Americans, whether Republicans or Democrats, just cannot get out. There is, therefore, no reason for India to look towards the US for assistance while dealing with Pakistani perfidy. For, if push comes to shove, the US will always choose Pakistan over India, as it has invariably done in the past.


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