US mulls Pak ‘accountability’ bill

$50 mn to be reduced from aid for every US citizen killed due to ‘Pak support’

Written by Press Trust Of India | Washington | Published: May 13, 2012 12:29 am

Lalit K Jha

A far-reaching legislation has been introduced in the US Congress,that would deduct $50 million from the aid to Islamabad for every American killed by terrorists operating from the safe havens in Pakistan with the “support” of ISI.

“Pakistan has for decades leveraged radical terrorist groups to carry out attacks in India and Afghanistan,” Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said,introducing the ‘Pakistan Terrorism Accountability Act of 2012’.

The legislation would require the Department of Defence to list all Americans killed by terrorist groups operating inside Pakistan and Afghanistan and supported by the Pakistan government.

For each person killed,$50 million would be subtracted from US foreign assistance to Pakistan — a requested $2.2 billion — and given to the victim’s family. “For too long,US has funded the Pakistan government,giving it free money,while elements of the ISI and Pakistan’s military operate radical Islamic groups that are actively murdering Americans. Americans will not accept this,” Rohrabacher,Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee,said.

“Pakistan helped to create the Taliban and Pakistan’s intelligence service hid Osama bin Laden from the US for years. Today,one of the most dangerous and sophisticated groups killing American troops in Afghanistan is the Haqqani Network,which is closely operated by the Pakistani government,” Rohrabacher said.

The legislation says Pakistan,through ISI,maintains control and influence in Afghanistan through militant groups like Haqqani network,to secure its strategic position and expand its sphere of influence,not only in Afghanistan,but also in Kashmir and against India.

Asserting that ISI has strong links with the Haqqani network,the legislation said that it shall be the policy of the US to limit the United States foreign assistance to Islamabad if Pakistan’s military or intelligence services continue to support or provide assistance to organisations that target American citizens.

Want better ties with US,says Gilani
London:
Admitting that there had been “ups and downs” in the relationship with the US,Pakistan Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani,in an interview with Sky News,nonetheless expressed hope to improve relations given the “importance of the US”. Meanwhile,top NATO commander in Afghanistan US Gen John Allen on Saturday held talks in Rawalpindi with Pakistan Army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani,on operations along the Afghan border and mechanisms to avoid “untoward incidents”.

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