Bill good beginning but a lot more needs to be done to combat terrorism
Washington, DC. April 5, 2009. The US-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), commends a bill now making its way in Congress that is led by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard L. Berman (D-CA), which seeks to condition aid to Pakistan on that country's cooperation in combating terrorism.
USINPAC has worked hard for the last six years to educate lawmakers in Washington on the nature and scope of cross border terrorism into India emanating from Pakistan and the need to condition both economic and military aid with a proactive road map and benchmarks for dismantling the terror infrastructure inside Pakistan.
In the aftermath of the November 26, 2008 terrorist massacre in Mumbai, USINPAC has conducted meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. Throughout February, March and as late as April 2, 2009 USINPAC continued to consult closely with key Members of Congress and senior staff on the House Foreign Affairs Committee as well as meeting Prime Minister Singh in January 2009. USINPAC has strongly advocated the need for Congressional oversight on the billions of U.S. taxpayer dollars flowing to Pakistan with little or no accountability of how the funds are being used or whether any of these funds have been diverted to terrorist organizations.
USINPAC has always supported aid for economic, political and education reform in Pakistan. On the other hand, USINPAC has worked hard to build awareness of the extensive ties between the Pakistani Intelligence Service (ISI), the Pakistani Army, the Al Qaeda leadership based in Pakistan, and Lashker e Toiba, a Pakistani Jihadi terrorist organization banned by the United States, which has been linked to the Mumbai attacks.
USINPAC Chairman Sanjay Puri emphasized today, "We urge Indian Americans to read the text of the bill now posted on our web site or athttp://tinyurl.com/PakistanAIDBill.
Mr. Puri then added, "This bill is a good start. Nevertheless, more needs to be done. The situation in Pakistan currently is dangerous. We will continue to urge close coordination between the Obama Administration and the United States Congress to ensure the accountability and transparency of U.S. taxpayer dollars flowing to the Government of Pakistan."