India again denounces US military aid to Pakistan

Published: May 28, 2011
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Defence Minister AK Antony  said US military aid to Pakistan was being used against India. PHOTO: FILE

Defence Minister AK Antony said US military aid to Pakistan was being used against India. PHOTO: FILE

NEW DELHI: India has again denounced US military aid to Pakistan which it says is being used by Islamabad against Indian interests, Indian media reported on Saturday.

“This (aid) is being used against us, which is not a nice gesture on the part of (the) US and we have raised this issue with them many times,” Defence Minister AK Antony was quoted as saying by the Indo-Asian News Service.

US aid to Pakistan is viewed with concern in India and has been an irritant as Washington looks to upgrade strategic and economic ties with the country.

India’s charges against Islamabad received a boost after the star witness in a Chicago trial linked to the Mumbai attacks testified that Pakistan’s spy agency and elements in the military coordinated to plot the Mumbai raid that killed at least 166 people.

Pakistan has received $20.7 billion worth of US assistance over the past decade, about two-thirds of it military aid.

US lawmakers have questioned the continuation of that aid since the discovery and killing by US forces of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad earlier this month.

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  • Abubakar Khalid
    May 28, 2011 - 3:53PM

    What difference does it make? Indians will just send in terrorists to blow up more of our military equipment. Our government doesn’t have the guts to call out India for all of RAW’s involvement in these terrorist acts committed against Pakistan but even if a bird dies in India, the Indians first blame Pakistan and then maybe do some investigation to find out what REALLY happened.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 28, 2011 - 3:54PM

    India is trapped now. If you disagree US approach, even you have to accept it, otherwise LIBYA type solution is always there. Any one who dreams to become Asia Tiger, will face the fate.Recommend

  • Pragmatist
    May 28, 2011 - 4:02PM

    @Kazmis:
    Occasionally, it is a good idea to make sense.Recommend

  • ashwin
    May 28, 2011 - 4:13PM

    For all noise of India US of A relation.India rejected USA planes.French Planes are the favorite to win the deal. We know seeing Pakistan’s experience, what is the meaning of USA strategic relationship. Recommend

  • Malik
    May 28, 2011 - 4:29PM

    This only shows a typical sick indian nature. Recommend

  • Aslam Sher Khan
    May 28, 2011 - 5:48PM

    Comments made by Abubakar Khalid is an example of the paranoid ostrich mentality of most Pakistanis, and the reason why Pakistan is losing its progressive, intelligent population. Recommend

  • Colorado NRI
    May 28, 2011 - 6:02PM

    US Aid to Pakistan does not mean that the US respects Pakistan. It is simply a transactional relationship. As long as Pakistan remains chronically dependent on foreign aid, it is no threat to anyone but itself.Recommend

  • Raj
    May 28, 2011 - 9:40PM

    Indians on this thread please calm down, read the story on the same page..What if US is giving Aid to Pakistan, France has stopped the Military Aid to Pakistan. The balance remains the same..The way Pakistanis hate USA, USA will fulfill the dream of AK Anthony. Do not forget to read the link.
    http://tribune.com.pk/story/177706/france-to-stop-selling-heavy-military-equipment-to-pakistan-report/Recommend

  • Nation Prevails
    May 28, 2011 - 10:18PM

    First time in my life i agree with Indian concern if America will stop this so called aid Pakistani govt will no other choice except to run away and Pakistan will have a chance to stand on its feet and march towards progressRecommend

  • fahim
    May 28, 2011 - 11:07PM

    @Abubakar: What you are saying is true only if we are able to give proof. Till now, our incompetent govt/military/ISI were not able to provide a single proof to India or to international community about involvement of RAW in any of our events. Mere speculation and lip service is all that we pakistanis do, but when it comes to show actual facts, we chicken out. If our Govt/Military/ISI is so sure about Indian invovlement, why cant we say it openly to international community, or get support as India gets?? Even china is not convinced of our story without any evidence, which it seems is only a rhetoric to feed illiterate brainwashed pakistanis like all of us. Once again, its too easy to blame the obvious, but true intellect lies in understanding the deeper facts and proving it with evidence. As a Pak citizen, I am ashamed that our Govt/Military/ISI is only empty words and point scoring entities, but have no facts other than hundreds of conspiracy theories to keep the masses busy and distracted from real problems in the country. Recommend

  • HUSSAIN
    May 28, 2011 - 11:18PM

    It is a long history of US assistance to GOP in every facet.It seems like we are nurtured in the hands of USA in every stage of history.Whether it is dictatorial or democratic govt,all have been granted with huge amount in the forms of different loans.Actually receiving a loan is itself not an evil attempt but where and how it is utilised is ponderable.As for as Indians accusation regarding US grants to pakistan is concerned, might be a part of assistance would have been consumed for building up arsenal standard with compare to traditional foe India. But it is concerned to every pakistani to enquire and ask from govt that how much grant is used in the development projects and how much part of that money is being transfered into political pockets. Recommend

  • Thinking
    May 28, 2011 - 11:40PM

    @ Abubukar – very scary to see how educated Pakistanis like you think. If you too believe the conspiracy theories, who will lead Pakistan to freedom?Recommend

  • Tamar
    May 29, 2011 - 12:44AM

    @Abubakar Khalid
    Its not guts they lack. They dont have any proof of this allegation.Recommend

  • Ramdamo
    May 29, 2011 - 12:53AM

    @Aslam Sher Khan:
    Why do Indian have fake names ? and why do so many indians read pakistani papers ? India says it does not care about pakistan and india is no threat.yet it always protest against arms sales to Pakistan.Whilst India itself is spending huge sums on defence imports. Recommend

  • Jaj09
    May 29, 2011 - 12:54AM

    @Colorado NRI:
    you are the saddest person I have met.a indian living in america yet still trolling on pakistani news sites. Pakistan does not get aid its gets Military Assistance .Aid is to fight poverty and no strings attached. Military Aid is part of americas war on terror Recommend

  • damnan
    May 29, 2011 - 12:56AM

    @Thinking:

    what freedom ?…pakistan is not occupied nor does it have a dictator in power.Pakistan has a leadership problem which requires political solutions. Youve been watching too much bollywood, Pakistan Military does not run the country , nor is the ISI like Secret SAVAK Police Recommend

  • NJ
    May 29, 2011 - 1:53AM

    American aids to Pakistan are not in the interest of the region on folowing grounds;
    1. Historically, regular aids (we call it Bhikh) has always thrown and not given; it gives money but kills the dignity ad self inch by inch; dependency gets created within the system; inefficiency breeds in and netion moves on teh path of self destruction;
    2. The aids money are least likely to be used for good purpose (as it is for free) and hence flows into illigitimate routes; people become corrupt and over a period of time gets destroyed.

    This are from our history and are from a wise man known as Chanakya. Recommend

  • Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany
    May 29, 2011 - 1:54AM

    Reasonable Pakistanis are also against this “string attached” aid. Has hardly done any good to anyone except to the corrupt leaders. India should not be anxious. Pakistan with or without aid is no threat to India. With the military hardware we are destined to blow ourselves up (refer PNS Mehran incident, which doesnt seem to be a terrorist act).Recommend

  • Anti Conspiracy Psychos(ACP-Indian)
    May 29, 2011 - 2:20AM

    @Thinking: I’ll lead pakistan.Recommend

  • pl/sql
    May 29, 2011 - 5:12AM

    The Americans and the Chinese of course both use Pakistan as a hindrance to the growth of India and yet India grows and keeps growing. Now that you see is great.Recommend

  • Arslan
    May 29, 2011 - 6:05AM

    @pl/sql:
    I’ve always been astonished how a 1.2 billions individuals country can grow that much. Hats off.Recommend

  • ikmundapunjabi
    May 29, 2011 - 8:39AM

    @Abubakar Khalid: well its not that they dont have guts,its just that they dont have any proof.Recommend

  • Chebbo
    May 29, 2011 - 8:53AM

    India is paranoid about anything that happens in Pakistan’s interest. Because India is locked in with expansionist design in the region. Any country exceeding these designs irritates India who looks towards its wetern allies: U.S.A, France and other Indian masters whom they served covertly over the decades. Pakistan should stop receiving any aid from these country. Instead, it should devise an economic infrastructure upon which it could lay long term solid planning. Once it is established, it can kick these Americans and French out of its soil because they are not at all reliable nations. They only want to sell their equipments for hard cash. You have money they sell you every thing, simple isn’t it?Recommend

  • narayana murthy
    May 29, 2011 - 9:12AM

    @ Dr. Asad Sadick, Germany,

    You are right sir. But, India has al the reasons to be anxious. You see, if a nuke falls into the hands of terrorists, today, they are more likely to target Pakistan and not India.

    However, the consequences, given Pakistani army’s trigger fingers and an imagined enemy, India…Things are bound to explode, rather than implode.Recommend

  • May 29, 2011 - 12:28PM

    @Arslan:

    Underneath growing economy, much of India’s rickety infrastructure is in desperate need of attention. Broken roads prevent goods from being transported to market.
    India’s power grid is frightfully overburdened, especially in densely populated urban areas. Cities are often better off than rural areas, where sagging infrastructure prohibits free economic development.
    Water lines and sewage leakage create severe pubic health dangers.
    While India boasts one of the most extensive railway systems in the world–the cars, tracks and facilities are often dangerously out of date; it is hard pressed to keep pace with the demands of its booming economy.

    Do you know how many people take birth and die on foot paths of Mumbai and Kolkata everyday ?

    How many Indians are homeless ?

    How many Indian farmers have committed suicide ?

    How many districts are under control of Indian authorities and how many are under control of Maoists ?

    How many armed liberation movements are going on in India ?

    Please stay away from glitter of Bollywood.

    Real India is too ugly.Recommend

  • Javed Ali
    May 29, 2011 - 12:49PM

    Guys, to be honest shame on you being Pakistani, How on the earth your army base gets attacked by 6 men, they enter inside with all arms, destroy planes and after two days your so called strong army with full force involved can not even kill ALL of them, still TWO managed to escape. Wow, Impressive army, really great army. Our brave policeman armed only with one wooden stick (not army man) alone was able to capture alive one 26/11 attacker who was armed with modern weapons. Dont get fooled by atom bombs, You might use 1 or 2 tiny ones against us and India will still be there but people will have to look in history books for knowing Pakistan. You as a nation should be ashamed and stop begging from every country in the name of religion, do hard work and earn your own bread live with some dignity. You should better die on streets protesting like Egyptians rather than eating “roti” thrown by your master USA. About RAW I think it is very hard to believe that our able people does not do anything to answer pakistan’s terrorism. I am so proud and impressed that they dont leave any proof behind, they use their brains, as we have such an able army and RAW we do not need to be worried by Pak or anyone else. Forget about China attacking India, this will never happen and if it happens India is not alone in the world. China is just fooling Pakistan like USA, they are using them and pakistanis think they are friends.Recommend

  • May 29, 2011 - 1:13PM

    @narayana murthy:

    Your dream will never come true.

    Nukes are not toys that they will fall in the hands of terrorists sent by RAW.

    Keep your fingers crossed.Recommend

  • R S JOHAR
    May 29, 2011 - 5:51PM

    American arms to Pakistan is not a big issue as long as Pak military does not venture another Kargil. Recommend

  • Farooq
    May 30, 2011 - 1:10AM

    Both Indo-pak need to change their mindset and have to move towards freindship.Recommend

  • Sana
    May 30, 2011 - 1:57AM

    As a pakistani , i believe that we need to reject this aid and try to stand on our feet . This is difficult but not impossible. America gives us aid not for the development of paki people but
    to fight their war in our country basically this is pribe what they paid to our corrupt politicians.Recommend

  • Farooq
    May 30, 2011 - 2:19AM

    I believe, pakistan should refuse this aid because american gives this aid as pribe to us to kill
    our own people and fight their war in our country , before 9/11 there were no suicide bombing in our country and we were living in peace and our eastern border was safe but now we are getting pushed by both side. This is time where we should take a stand and do dialogure with those paki people who are fighting against us . i hope they will understand.Recommend

  • amoghavarsha.ii
    Jun 2, 2011 - 2:22PM

    @Khalid Masood,
    I agree with you regarding Indias development,
    Underneath growing economy,
    India’s rickety infrastructure is in desperate need of attention.
    Broken roads, India’s power grid, Water lines and sewage leakage, tracks and facilities are often dangerously out of date, Poppulation, How many Indians are homeless ?
    How many Indian farmers have committed suicide ?, How many districts are under control of Indian authorities and how many are under control of Maoists ?, How many armed liberation movements are going on in India ?

    But Real India is Not ugly.
    This is not a patriotic Answer, it is plain and simply you need good IQ to understand that.
    Show me on developed country which has Zero homeless people.
    Show me on developed country whose roads are not jammed over burdened.
    Show me on developed country whose grid are not burdened(i am not using overburened)
    show me on developed country which as zero unemployment problem.
    show me on developed country where there is no mugging or looting of government property?

    Road to success will be rickety, hard, sometimes no roads, you need to make roads.
    see
    Indias Highways development is at 13~16Km/day, it should have been 20~25Kms per day. like this, progress is there but slow,
    Best part is We don’t hate someboady blindly, ha ha ha, that is the Beauty of Indians.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Jun 20, 2011 - 10:03AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Indians have to keep it in their minds firmly that India is obtaining full military support and back up from Israeli government especially in Disputed Kashmir then why Indian leaders are objecting and denouncing on this issue.First Indian government has to stop Israeli government’s support to eradicate freedom movement in Disputed Kashmir then protest on this issue.Recommend

  • HaanJi
    Jun 30, 2011 - 11:48PM

    2 plus 2 is 4. India has to be getting foreign support to railroad the Kashmir freedom issue, otherwise it dare not do it on its own. It appears that India has thrown its weight on Pakistan with the help of other countries – so in effect the little brave country of Pakistan has been dealing with an India that has a lot of weight packed up with the support of its partners in Crime. Pakistan zindabad. Recommend

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