Aid to Pakistan being assessed: Pentagon
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States has said it is assessing its assistance to Pakistan, in view of recent assertions by top officials that the Pakistani Army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) are supporting terrorist outfits.
A spokesperson for Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Friday it had made clear to Pakistan that the US aid assistance was directly related to its progress and cooperation in the war against terrorism.
"Aid assistance to Pakistan will be based on the degree to which Pakistani government is to assist in the war against terrorism," Captain John Kirby told pentagon reporters during an off-camera gaggle.
The chairman continued to pursue his relationship with the Pakistani military and the ISI by extension. But the US also needed them to do more as partners in this fight… We made it clear that aid and assistance is dependent upon the degree to which those efforts continue."
Kirby hinted at the possibility of the military aid directly or indirectly supporting the attack on the US embassy in Kabul. He believed that the ISI was supporting the Haqqani network. The US has made clear to Pakistan its sense of urgency about action against the Haqqani Network.
Meanwhile, Pentagon spokesman George Little said: "The lines of communication with our Pakistani counterparts remain open. This is a relationship that's complicated but essential. We have disagreements, sometimes serious ones. That does not mean that we are going to stop dialogue."
The United States and Pakistan, both victims of terrorism, needed to continue to work together on that problem, he said. "I wouldn’t take you to the point where you would suggest some kind of permanent breach. That is not the case."
In a related development, the White House asked Pakistan to serve its ties with the Haqqanis and demanded it take strong and immediate action against the terrorist outfit.
"It is critical that the government of Pakistan break any links they have, and take strong and immediate action against this network so that they are no longer a threat to the United States or to the people of Pakistan," the White House press secretary said.
Jay Carney told reporters the Obama administration knew the network was responsible for the attacks on the US embassy, the ISAF headquarters and a number of other recent assaults that caused death and injury not only to Afghans, but to US soldiers.
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