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January 11, 2011, Washington DC: The U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) regrets the Obama administration’s decision to increase economic, military and intelligence support to Pakistan as part of its Afghanistan war efforts. USINPAC urges the administration to instead enforce strict accountability mechanisms for the aid already provided to Pakistan to fight terrorism, particularly Al Qaeda and Taliban. The total U.S. aid to Pakistan in 2011 is projected at $3 billion.


Sanjay Puri, USINPAC Chairman expressed disappointment at the decision and said; “The U.S. has been trying to get the Government of Pakistan’s support in the war on terror for the last ten years. However, in spite of billions of dollars provided to them, the impact of the aid to the lives of people of Pakistan has been negligible. In addition to this terrorism emanating from the country and its nuclear proliferation are a constant threat to the region, and the U.S. as well. Pakistan needs aid for strengthening institutions engaged in education, democracy and and socio-political reform. Not for military purposes.”

 


USINPAC has been on the frontlines advocating for accountability and restrictions on military aid to Pakistan that would support offensive weapons purchases. USINPAC supports aid to Pakistan that will allow for economic and social reforms, as well as for the defeat of terrorists within its borders; but with due accountability mechanisms in place.


About USINPAC: USINPAC is a bipartisan organization and the voice of 2.7 million Indian-Americans. It works to impact policy on issues of concern to the Indian-American community in the United States. USINPAC also provides bipartisan support to candidates for federal, state and local office who support the issues that are important to the Indian-American community. For more information go to http://www.usinpac.com

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