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US must deny military aid to Pakistan: Brajesh Mishra

delhi Updated: Jan 29, 2009 19:26 IST

The US must deny military aid to Pakistan if it wants to succeed in the war on terror in Afghanistan, former National Security Adviser Brajesh Mishra said in New Delhi on Thursday.

"The US gives economic aid to Pakistan Army...This aid must be denied to the Pakistan Armed Forces until they are ready to cooperate fully with the US," he said at a seminar on "Future Direction of US Relations with India and the Region" organised by CII and The Asia Foundation.

Mishra said that the Pakistan Army cannot survive for very long without economic support from the US and other countries.

"If the international community has to succeed in Afghanistan, then the first requirement is to get 100 per cent cooperation of the Pakistan Armed Forces," he said.

Mishra noted that the new US administration had denied 55 million US dollars in aid to Pakistan recently but wondered what happened to the 12 billion US dollars extended to it over the past 10 years.

"This is an instrument in the hands of the international community to get the cooperation of the Pakistan Army...If not 100 per cent, at least 90 per cent cooperation," he said.

Pakistan's policy for the last 10 years has been to take all the money and equipment but do as little as possible to control Taliban, said Mishra, who was NSA and Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee from 1998 to 2004.