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US sensitised on need for monitoring of its aid to Pakistan: VK Singh

India has sensitised the US about the need for constant vigilance and close monitoring of assistance provided by it to Pakistan, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.



New Delhi: India has sensitised the US about the need for constant vigilance and close monitoring of assistance provided by it to Pakistan, the Lok Sabha was informed on Wednesday.

"Since terrorism emanating from the territory under Pakistan's control remains a core concern for India, Government has sensitised the US Government in interactions at all levels, about the need for constant vigilance as also close monitoring of such assistance being provided," Minister of State for External Affairs V K Singh said in a written reply.

He said the US has conveyed that it has put in place end-use monitoring mechanisms to ensure that its security assistance to Pakistan was used solely for counter terrorism-related purposes.

Singh said the Government also closely monitors funding made to Pakistan by the US and has consistently drawn the attention of the US government to the need for proper benchmarks and accountability to prevent diversion of security assistance provided to Pakistan for use in its military buildup against India.

In reply to another question, the minister said India will formally apply for membership of the four export control regimes - Nuclear Suppliers Ground (NSG), Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Australia Group (AG) and Wassenaar Arrangement (WA) once the ground has been adequately prepared for its membership.

Singh said India is not a member of the NSG and hence is not a party to discussions within the forum, but government is aware that Chinese supplies to Pakistan's nuclear reactors at Chashma 3 and 4 as well as to additional reactors in Karachi are in violation of NSG guidelines on nuclear transfers and do not have the approval of NSG.

"Our concerns on nuclear transfers to Pakistan in violation of international norms and guidelines have been made known to our interlocutors," he said.

In reply to another question, the minister informed Lok Sabha that India has agreed to provide assistance for construction of bridges on the Tamu-Kyigone-Kalewa (TKK) road section of the India-Myanmar-Thailand trilateral highway starting from Moreh in Manipur.  

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