US lawmaker introduces legislation to cut off aid to Pak

The bill prohibits aid to Pak under any provision of law & would take effect on the enactment date.

Last Updated: May 11, 2011, 15:29 PM IST

Washington: A key US lawmaker has
introduced a legislation in the House of Representatives to
stop American aid to Pakistan, saying the killing of al Qaeda
chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad has made it clear that
Islamabad concealed, protected and enabled him for many years.

"We can no longer afford this foolishness," Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said after introducing the
`Defund United States Assistance to Pakistan Act of 2011` in
the House of Representative.

"The time has come for us to stop subsidizing those
who actively oppose us. Pakistan has shown itself not to be
America`s ally," he said.

The bill says that terrorist outfits based in
Pakistan, especially Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), has been
responsible for terrorist strikes inside India including the
Mumbai terrorist attack in November 2008, in which 166 people
including six American nationals were killed.

Rohrabacher is a senior member of the House Committee
on Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Subcommittee on
Oversight and Investigations.

The bill outlines several accounts of Pakistan`s
duplicitous behavior toward the US including recent reports of
Pakistani leadership lobbying Afghan President Hamid Karzai to
move away from "imperial" America and to embrace Communist
China, said a statement issued by the Congressman.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael
Mullen said the Pakistani intelligence service has had a long
relationship with the Haqqani terror group that is right now
"killing Americans" in Afghanistan.

In 1998, Pakistan`s military and intelligence services
facilitated the transfer of an unexploded American Tomahawk
missile recovered by Taliban to China.

The Chinese were then able to reverse engineer the
missile and dissect its components allowing them to learn its
vulnerabilities and defeat its capabilities.

During last week`s raid in Abbottabad, a specially
configured stealth US Special Forces helicopter crashed and
even though US soldiers attempted to destroy it, the tail was
left intact and recovered by the Pakistanis.

Rohrabacher demanded immediate return of the debris
for fear of American military secrets being compromised.

"If this is not done immediately, it is probable,
given Pakistan`s history, that our technology has already
found its way into the hands of the Communist Chinese military
that is buying, building, and stealing the necessary military
technology to challenge the United States," said Rohrabacher.

According to a May 9 report in Defense News, the
wreckage has seemingly disappeared, leading to speculation
that pieces may have been shipped to China or made available
to Chinese engineers in Pakistan.

The bill prohibits assistance to Pakistan under any
provision of law and would take effect on the date of