India Reacts Sharply to $532 Million US Aid to Pakistan

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New Delhi: How the US spends its tax payer's money is "entirely its prerogative", India has said, pointing out that Islamabad has not shown sustained commitment to ceasing support to or dismantling bases of terror organisations operating from that country.

New Delhi was reacting to the US Congress signing off a certification that will allow President Barack Obama to disburse 532 million dollars in aid to Pakistan.

The US Congress has certified that the Pakistan government has "prevented al Qaeda, the Taliban and associated terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad from operating" from its territory. The certification is a condition for the US to disburse aid to Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar Bill for civilian assistance.


"How the Government of the United States of America decides to spend US Tax payers money is entirely its prerogative," said External Affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin today, adding, "India does not believe that Pakistan is showing 'sustained commitment' or making 'significant effort' or 'ceasing support' or dismantling 'bases of operations' of the Laskhar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, the Haqqani network and quite possibly the al Qaeda."

The certification comes ahead of a visit to Islamabad by the US Foreign Secretary of State John Kerry later this month.

Mr Kerry will also travel to India ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit as the chief guest at Republic Day celebrations in Delhi.

Mr Kerry is scheduled to attend the Vibrant Gujarat summit to be held in Gandhinagar from January 11 to 13.

Source: NDTV
 

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India has the money and the means to confront Pakistan in term of military. In another word, Pakistan cant stand a chance against india and that also what history tells. Pakistan depends on the US aid and the money it gets from the GCC nations. Also from China despite Pakistan is very rich in natural resources but don't have the capability to dig out these resources.
 
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I reckon India has some good views as to their viewpoint and want to know how the money will be used and why the USA is aiding Pakistan who have not done a lot in their efforts to fight back against terrorist groups. It will be interesting, to see what India will do and may ask questions as to how it is used. USA has been supporting Pakistan with the money to be used in their efforts to repel the groups against the country and have done well.
 
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India should mind their own business and leave Pakistan alone. There seems to be this rivalry between India and Pakistan even though Pakistan don't have no where near the money nor the population size of India to be a serious threat to India. Pakistan needs help to improve its economy and security and India is not prepared to do it so why talk when others try to help?
 

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