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US to decide anti-terror weapon needs of Pak

world Updated: Mar 31, 2009 16:53 IST

The US military leadership will now decide which tools Pakistan needs in the war on terror and not Pak Army, unlike in the past when Islamabad purchased fighter jets, primarily targeting India, from the counter-terrorism aid received from Washington.Following the announcement of the new Af-Pak strategy by President Barack Obama, US officials have indicated that it would be difficult for the Pakistani establishment this time to purchase anything not be useful for anti-terror fight.

Concerns have been expressed from various quarters earlier about diversion of anti-terror funds by Pakistan to buy equipment more suited for conventional warfare.“In the course of implementing this new strategy, General (David) Petraeus and CENTCOM will study exactly what Pakistan’s military needs are that are best related to the counter-insurgency fight,” said Bruce Riedel, chairman of the Interagency Policy Review on Pakistan and Afghanistan.Ridel said Pakistan has been a “hothouse breeding terror” much of which has now turned into a “Frankenstein”.

“Working with the Pakistanis, we will try to get them the equipment, the training that they need in order to be better capable of handling these militants,” he said appearing on the popular Charlie Rose Show.Observing that the Pakistani military is configured for conventional war, Riedel said: “It spent 60 years planning to fight a war against India. It simply doesn’t have capability to really exert a successful counter-insurgency and counter- terrorism strategy in much of western Pakistan.”