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Congress allays Pakistani fears over aid
In a July report for Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government - “U.S. Aid to Pakistan: U.S. Taxpayers Have Funded Pakistani Corruption” - author Azeem Ibrahim said, “it seems that Pakistan’s military and security services have for many years been a black hole for U.S. funds.”
The report covered the more than $10 billion in U.S. aid given to the administration of former President Pervez Musharraf.
The Harvard report found the Pakistani military did not use most of the funds to fight terrorism. Instead, Pakistan purchased conventional military equipment, including F-16 jets, anti-ship and anti-missile defense systems, and an air-defense radar system that cost $200 million, despite the fact that militants in the tribal region bordering Afghanistan have no air- or missile-attack capability.
Pakistani officials deny aid was misspent.
President Obama has until Friday to sign the bill, which Congress sent to him on Oct. 5. Under the Constitution, the bill automatically becomes law if the president does not either sign or veto it within 10 days.
About the Author
Ashish Kumar Sen is a reporter covering foreign policy and international developments for The Washington Times.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Sen worked for publications in Asia and the Middle East. His work has appeared in a number of publications and online news sites including the British Broadcasting Corp., Asia Times Online and Outlook magazine.
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