Transparency should be a condition to receiving $7.5 billion in U.S. taxpayer funded aid.

Washington DC, October 11, 2009. The U.S.-India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) expressed deep concern that the United States Congress has passed a bill tripling U.S. aid to Pakistan without first establishing accountability and transparency of Pakistani expenditure of U.S. aid funding, past and present. In addition to that the United States Government has failed to:

-Gain access for questioning to A.Q. Khan, the disgraced Father of the Pakistani nuclear bomb. Khan recently boasted about providing nuclear technology for military use to Iran and North Korea (http://www.fas.org/nuke/guide/pakistan/aqkhan-083109.pdf)

-Investigate Pakistan's proliferation of nuclear weapons technology to rogue regimes such as North Korea and Iran; and

-Audit the safeguards and security of Pakistan's nuclear assets from seizure and control by terrorist groups.

USINPAC Chairman, Sanjay Puri, expressed the organization's concern about the Pakistan aid bill by saying that while the new Pakistan assistance legislation passed by Congress last week has provisions that are intended to direct Pakistan military purchases towards a counterinsurgency mission, the U.S. still has no real ability to track how the money is spent.



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