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Pakistan Demands Aid Funds, Says ‘It Is Our Own Money’

July 12, 2011 by  

Pakistan Demands Aid Funds, Says ‘It Is Our Own Money’

Pakistani officials are incensed after an announcement that the Administration of President Barack Obama will cut some of country’s foreign aid.

On Sunday, the President’s Chief of Staff, William Daley, confirmed an article from The New York Times, which reported that “(t)he Obama administration is suspending and, in some cases, canceling hundreds of millions of dollars of aid to the Pakistani military, in a move to chasten Pakistan for expelling American military trainers and to press its army to fight militants more effectively.”

The total amount held back could be up to $800 million, according to a CBSNews.com article, an amount that includes $300 million earmarked for funding Pakistan’s efforts against militants along its border with Afghanistan.

On Tuesday, in an interview with Pakistani media outlet Express 24/7, Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said the country may remove troops from the border in response to the cuts, Reuters reported.

The Minister reportedly told the outlet that the funds are used to reimburse Pakistan for maintaining its army in tribal areas. “This is what we are demanding,” he said, according to the article. “It is our own money.”

“If Americans refuse to give us money, then okay,” Mukhtar said. “I think the next step is that the government or the armed forces will be moving from the border areas. We cannot afford to keep military out in the mountains for such a long period.”

The reimbursements for troop costs are being reviewed “in light of questions about Pakistan’s commitment to carry out counterterrorism operations. For example, the United States recently provided Pakistan with information about suspected bomb-making factories, only to have the insurgents vanish before Pakistani security forces arrived a few days later,” The New York Times reported.

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  • s c

    Mukhtar is probably Pakistan’s version of Herr Obummer. Are BOTH of them looking for medals for “ethical” behavior?
    Obummer has the luxury of temporarily sitting back (perched on a fence, actually), waiting for the right time to tell us the bad news that we might be in Pakistan forever (not unlike Afghanistan and around the world).
    If Pakistan can’t step up to the plate and take care of itself, then perhaps we shouldn’t be there in the first place. I’m sure the Israelis have contingency plans for reacting to extreme stupidity on the part of the Pakistani government.
    It’s going to get interesting. So who will blink first – the Pakistanis or Herr Obummer?

  • Raggs

    Reminds me of our WELFARE system… HUH…
    You know as long as the “RICH” have my money lets spend it for them no matter if they are plotting to kill me while I sleep… WAY TO GO OBLAMA!

  • Raggs

    Wealth-redistribution only works as long as you CAN get away with stealing someone else’s money and throwing it to the pig’s… NOW I’m done giving my money to oblama and his army of thug’s…

    • Kinetic1

      Raggs,
      What are you going on about?
      “no matter if they are plotting to kill me while I sleep”?
      “I’m done giving my money to oblama and his army of thug’s…”?
      What does this have to do with the White House telling Pakistan that we will not give them pay if they won’t do the work? I would think the right would be thrilled with this news. I know I’m not upset by it. How long was BinLaden living there?

  • Cawmun Cents

    Put three chicken nuggets and a sunny delight in the tip of a M(multiple)I(independently)T(targetable)R(re-entry)V(vehicle),and deliver it to them post haste……haw!When the sun rises in the west…..you know its going to be a hot day.-CC.

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