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Cong committee to keep watch on security issues involving Pak

Voicing concerns that Pakistan is home to top al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership, a key Republican-controlled US Congressional committee has said it will continue to oversee a broad range of security issues involving that country, including through review of funds given to Islamabad to fight terrorism.

world Updated: Jan 19, 2011 15:19 IST

Voicing concerns that Pakistan is home to top al-Qaeda and Taliban leadership, a key Republican-controlled US Congressional committee has said it will continue to oversee a broad range of security issues involving that country, including through review of funds given to Islamabad to fight terrorism.

The House Armed Services Committee said it will carefully review the use of 'Coalition Support Funds' provided to reimburse Pakistan for its support to US military operations and other forms of security aid -- such as Pakistan Counter-insurgency Capabilities Fund -- designed to enhance Pakistan Frontier Corps and army's ability to fight Taliban and other extremist groups operating along Pak-Afghan border.

"Security and stability in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan are vital to US interests and will be a central issue for the committee in the 112th Congress," the Committee said in its oversight plan for the new session.

The Committee said it will also monitor efforts to deny sanctuary to militants in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as provide oversight to other critical efforts in Afghanistan such as the development and sustainment of effective Afghan National Security Forces, assessing their tactical, operational and sustainment capabilities as they prepare to assume full responsibility for security in 2014.

The committee will also continue efforts to see that as increasing resources are devoted to Afghanistan, especially for reconstruction activities, appropriate accountability measures are taken.

On the global war against terrorism, it said it will focus attention on how the Defence Department addresses broad threats in its strategic planning processes, how resources are arrayed to meet these threats and how existing authorities are consistent with operational requirements.

"Terrorism, insurgency, and weapons of mass destruction proliferation are some of the emerging threats that challenge global peace and stability. These threats directly impact the National Military Strategy and require the Department of Defence to work effectively and efficiently with other Federal agencies, and the security forces of other nations," it said.