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US aid to Pakistan not a threat to Zardari govt: Crowley

world Updated: Oct 08, 2009 13:21 IST
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Amid "serious concerns" expressed by the Pakistani Army against the $7.5 billion American non-military aid, the Obama Administration has said the assistance is 'not a threat' to the Zardari government.

"I don't think it is a threat to to the civilian government in Pakistan," Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs told reporters when asked about the differences that has emerged between the army and the Zardari Government on the Kerry-Lugar Bill.

The Bill which triples non-military aid to Pakistan to $7.5 billion in the next five years and imposes conditions for military assistance is being opposed by the Pakistani Army, while the Zardari Government is saying that this shows the long term commitment of the US towards the people of Pakistan.

"Is there concern that this very vocal opposition to what Zardari's government wants to do, which is to accept this aid, could be a real threat to his continued rule there?" Crowley was asked, to which he said he does not believe so.

"The forum expressed serious concern regarding clauses impacting on national security," the Pakistani Army said in a statement yesterday after the meeting of the Corps Commanders in Islamabad.

The Pakistani Army also said it was providing the government, which supports the Kerry-Lugar bill, with "formal input" in what could set the stage for their possible face-off.