PM expresses concern over diversion of US aid against India

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

Bureau Report

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

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