First, some insights from Pakistan:
Pakistan’s military says it has rejected recent reports in The New York Times criticizing the Pakistani army and the country’s powerful intelligence agency, known as the ISI.
Major General Athar Abbas said the articles in the U.S. publication are part of a “vilifying campaign.”
The New York Times published an editorial and an article last week linking the ISI to the death of a Pakistani journalist who had written scathing reports about the infiltration of militants into the military. (here)
Zulfiqar Khan has denied selling nuclear secrets to North Korea and has said the US aims to rollback the Pak nuclear programme by defaming the agencies and retired generals.
Talking to our sources, he said America had targeted the nuclear programme of Pakistan and wanted to control it and roll it back. “For this purpose, sometimes they talk of the Taliban and sometimes of the command and control system of Pakistan,” he said, adding the recently published letter written by North Korea to Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan showed that America wanted to develop distrust in the people of Pakistan against the country’s armed forces and security agencies, so as to achieve its evil designs against the nuclear programme of Pakistan.
About the claim of American newspaper ‘The Washington Post’ that he and former chief of army staff Gen (R) Jehangir Karamat had received big money from North Korea, Zulfiqar said the accusation was absolutely wrong and based on ill intentions. (here)
And let’s not forget this little piece of Propaganda which Pakistan regularly does to insight unrest in the States.
And now? Well now it seems that the U.S. is starting to wise up. According to the New York Times, the President is going to suspend 1/3 in aid (who not all?) to Pakistan:
The 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.
Altogether, about $800 million in military aid and equipment, or over one-third of the more than $2 billion in annual American security assistance to Pakistan, could be affected, three senior United States officials said.
This aid includes about $300 million to reimburse Pakistan for some of the costs of deploying more than 100,000 soldiers along the Afghan border to combat terrorism, as well as hundreds of millions of dollars in training assistance and military hardware, according to half a dozen Congressional, Pentagon and other administration officials who were granted anonymity to discuss the politically delicate matter.
So… what do we have? We have two countries, Afghanistan and Pakistan, who are taking lots of money from us to essentially use against us. When are we going to stop this, and I mean all of this?