Pallone backs ending military aid to Pakistan
The US Democratic Congressman maintained that President Pervez Musharraf is paying 'lip service' to the war on terror.india Updated: Jan 31, 2007 12:45 IST
Maintaining that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf is paying "lip service" to the war on terror, US Democratic Congressman Frank Pallone has backed the end of military assistance and arms sales to Islamabad until it "actively works" to end the activities of Taliban.
"It seems that President Musharraf is paying the US lip service by claiming to be supportive of the global war on terror, yet failing to take action against Taliban fighters that have set up training camps in the western region of his country," the Founder of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans said in a statement.
He referred to a bill, HR 1 passed by Democrats earlier this month in the House of Representatives which calls for ending US military assistance and arms sales licensing to Pakistan in the 2008 fiscal unless it certifies that it is "making all possible efforts" to end Taliban activities on Pakistani soil.
"It is my hope that, coupled with international pressure, the language in HR 1 will convince President Musharraf to take immediate action against the Taliban militants in his country," the senior law maker in the House of Representatives said.