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US realising India's concerns on military aid to Pak: Antony

delhi Updated: Feb 16, 2011 20:23 IST

The US is "realising" that the military aid provided by it to Pakistan was being used against India, defence minister A K Antony said on Wednesday.

The minister said India has been trying to convince the US to develop a mechanism to monitor that the aid it provides to Pakistan for fighting terrorism is not used for other purposes.

"The US is also coming to realise this... what we have been saying," Antony told reporters here while answering queries about the military aid being provided by the American administration to Pakistan for its fight against terrorists and Taliban which is likely to touch USD 1.3 billion in next fiscal.

India has been conveying its concerns to the top US leadership in various meetings over the last couple of years.

"We have repeatedly told the US that even though their intention is to give aid to Pakistan to fight terrorism but our experience is that a sizeable portion of this aid is used against India," Antony said.

Recently replying to queries about the Indian concerns in this regard, US Ambassador to India Timothy J Roemer had said his country has put in place measures to ensure that the arms supplied to Islamabad are used only for fighting terrorism.

"I would like to ensure you on the arms sales to Pakistan for counter terrorism; our Congress is very vigilant, very determined and very tenacious, that what purpose the weapons are used for," he had said.

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