Washington - The United States India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) commends the U.S. Congress for maintaining language pertaining to Pakistan (Section 2042) in the Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act of 2007 (H.R.1) Conference Report.
H.R.1 ensures that military funds appropriated under the Arms Exports Control Act and Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 is tied to the defeat of the Taliban, Al-Qaeda, and other terrorists within its borders. The President would have to come to Congress and certify that Pakistan is making significant progress toward these goals.
Chairman Sanjay Puri stated, "Finally, the United States Congress has done the right thing by ensuring that all the 9-11 recommendations are implemented including those regarding Pakistan. We look forward to the President signing this important achievement into law."
In a letter Mr. Puri sent to key congressional members he stated, "Let me also emphasize our disappointment that after six years of close working relationship with the current regime in Pakistan and billions of dollars of U.S. tax payer funded economic and military aid to that Government, with the express purpose of reversing Pakistani allegiance to Al Qaeda and related religious fanatic groups, Pakistan today is more unstable, its human rights record abysmal (especially with respect to daily atrocities committed against Pakistani women), education reform (particularly the madrassahs that continue to operate terrorist training camps) and political reform (including conducting free and fair elections) are non-existent."
USINPAC has been on the frontlines advocating for 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.
Earlier this year, U.S. Director of Intelligence John Negroponte summed up the need for this legislation by stating before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on January 11, 2007 that, "Pakistan is a frontline partner in the war on terror. Nevertheless, it remains a major source of Islamic extremism and the home for some top terrorist leaders."
Both chambers of Congress have passed the conference report. USINPAC looks forward to having the President sign this bill into law.