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If Pak needs money, it should serve US interest: Congressman

world Updated: May 07, 2009 22:13 IST
If Pak needs money

If Pakistan needs financial aid from the US, it should serve American interest, a Democrat Congressman has said joining the chorus with country's other lawmakers that monetary assistance to Islamabad be conditioned this time.

Arguing that the money given to Pakistan during the previous administration has been wasted, Congressman Jim Moran of Virginia said yesterday: "If they want American taxpayers' money, they need to start serving America's interests."

"We seem to be losing the war in Afghanistan because the leadership of the enemy has a haven in Pakistan," Moran said speaking on the floor of the House.

"Of all the money we have given to the military in Pakistan, they have 450,000 trained, equipped troops on the southern border with our ally India and one brigade on the northern where we need them.

Former members of the ISI affiliated with the Pak army located just south of Lahore, Pakistan trained and executed a massacre of 152 people in Mumbai in India," he said.

Moran supported the proposal of Congressman Dave Obey, Chairman of House Appropriations Committee to that the money being made available to Afghanistan and Pakistan be conditioned.

"Chairman Obey is right. When you consider the fact that we have put USD 33 billion into Afghanistan and USD 12 billion into Pakistan without conditions, you have to ask "What has it gotten us?" he argued.

"They just released an extremist cleric that is arguing for sharia law across the land. They have just allowed the Swat Valley to be taken over by the Taliban," he said criticising the recent decisions of the Pak government.