'US should stop supplying fighter jets to Pak'
Democratic Senator Joseph Biden says the "majority" middle class moderates in Pakistan will become extremists if they are not given a voice soon.world Updated: Nov 12, 2007 08:36 IST
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is using more resources in suppressing opponents than in fighting extremists, according to the head of a powerful US senate panel, who said America should stop supplying surveillance and fighter planes to its ally as they have "nothing to do" with fighting terrorism.
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and presidential hopeful, Democratic Senator Joseph Biden also said the "majority" middle class moderates in Pakistan will become extremists if they are not given a voice soon.
"...There is a significant majority, as you know that is democratic. It's a middle class that's moderate. And I think what will happen is you will force them underground. And I think it will be the beginning of the seeds of a real serious problem for Pakistan's stability in the next year to two years," the Delware Democrat said on CNN's 'Late Edition'.
"If you don't get some accommodation for the vast middle of that country, I worry that over time you end up with a situation like you had with the Shah of Iran 30 years ago. The moderates got so frustrated, they joined with the extremists."
Biden said although President George Bush maintains that Pakistan's military ruler is fighting terrorism, "Quite frankly, Musharraf is using more of his resources to deal with his opponents than he is to go in the northwest province".
The US needs to have a "Pakistani policy, not just a Musharraf policy", he said.
Biden also said the US should "condition" aid to Pakistan "on evidence they're actually fighting terrorism and not fighting their own people".
First Published: Nov 12, 2007 08:34 IST