PM expresses concern over diversion of US aid against India
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 11:08
Washington: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has conveyed to the United States, India's concern over misuse of its military and other kind of aid by Pakistan.

During his series of meetings with officials of the Obama Administration and US lawmakers, situation in the region, particularly terrorism emanating from Pakistan and Afghanistan, came up prominently.

Singh also pressed for relaxation of restrictions on the entities list to enable expansion of defense cooperation during discussions with the US interlocutors.

Singh raised the issue of American military supplies and funds to Pakistan and conveyed concerns over the diversion.

"Such equipments have been used against us in the past and we continue to have such worries. We leave it to the US to reflect fully on this issue," the Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said briefing reporters on the Prime Ministers meetings.

There was need for greater accountability particularly on the military aid given to Pakistan as India did not have a good experience in the past in this regard, Rao said, adding American leaders understood India's concerns.

The Prime Minister also highlighted India's concerns with regard to continued threat of terrorism coming out of Pakistan and emphasised that the US and the international community should put "pressure" on it to crack down on anti-India groups and punish those responsible for the Mumbai terror attack, she said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2009, 11:08

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