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Aid To Pakistan Not Producing Desired Results: US

The United States has admitted that past experiences have shown giving aid to Pakistan has not been a successful proposition, but, said the Obama Administration would make sure that the aid is not diverted. "From

PTI [ Updated: October 06, 2009 1:23 IST ]
aid to pakistan not producing desired results us
aid to pakistan not producing desired results us

The United States has admitted that past experiences have shown giving aid to Pakistan has not been a successful proposition, but, said the Obama Administration would make sure that the aid is not diverted.

"From 2002 to 2008, two Generals in Pakistan mentioned that of the over USD 6 billion that was to go to aid the Pakistani army, only approximately USD 500 million reached its intended target," Gibbs told reporters.

"I don't think it's any wonder that our efforts, particularly based on aiding the Pakistan army over that time period, were seen as not altogether very successful, and now we know why," Gibbs said.

The US senate last month voted to triple the non-military aid to Pakistan to USD 1.5 billion. India has time and again expressed its concern over increasing US aid to Pakistan for the fight against terrorism, saying that the money is diverted by Islamabad to support hostile operations against it.

Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf said in a recent interview that he had diverted US funds, meant to fight terrorism, to build the army against India.

"No amount of additional American resources that are siphoned off and not going to the problem they're directed at -- no increase or amount is going to fix a problem if those resources ultimately don't get to where they're going," Gibbs said.

"We will work to ensure that they do. I think that's the very least that anybody can ask if we're dedicating the lives of men and women in our uniform to ensure that this is done in a way that ultimately protects them," he said. PTI

 

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