US Congress up in arms against Pakistan

Last Updated: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 16:26

Washington: Lawmakers in the United States
are up in arms against Pakistan with a Congressman announcing a decision to introduce legislation to bar all aid to
Islamabad till it demonstrated that it had no inkling of bin
Laden`s whereabouts.

The Pakistan Foreign Aid Accountability Act would require
the State Department to certify to Congress that Pakistan was
not providing a sanctuary for the world`s most wanted
terrorist.

"Pakistan has a lot of explaining to do. It seems
unimaginable that Osama bin Laden was living 1,000 yards away
from a military base in a million dollar mansion built
especially for him and no one in the Pakistani government knew
about it. I don`t buy it," said Congressman, Ted Poe from Texas, who is proposing the legislation.

His steps comes as a anti-Pakistan mood prevailed on the
Capitol Hill with a significantly large number of Congressmen
and Senators believing that the Monday`s special forces
operation in Abbottabad had exposed the double game of the
Pakistani government.

They now want White House to adopt a tough approach
against Islamabad saying that over the years Pakistan has
become the nerve centre of terrorism.

"It does cause one to question how this kind of facility,
which stood out, was close by a military academy, could exist
for the length of time it did exist.

And we now know that bin Laden was there up to six
years," said Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairwoman of the
Senate Intelligence Committee.

"That`s a substantial period of time when trash is burned
rather than picked up by sanitation authorities. It was noted
that there was no electronic access, and yet it was a
sophisticated facility. So questions had to have been asked, I
would think.
Now whether those questions were answered or not by the
Pakistanis, I can`t say," she said, adding that she would be
seeking these answers at a meeting with the CIA Director, Leon
Panetta today.

Peter T King, a top New York Congressman said he has been
discussing this issue with people over the last several days
and yesterday he met the Pakistani Ambassador to the US,
Husain Haqqani.

"I don`t think it`s been resolved, no, how ISI, which is
a very effective intelligence agency, would not have seen
this, and also in view of past actions by ISI which have
compromised the United States," King told reporters at a news
conference.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 - 16:26

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