Capable of operations sans US aid: Pak Army
Last Updated: Monday, July 11, 2011, 17:40
Islamabad/Washington: Putting up a brave front after the US withdrew USD 800 million dollar military aid to it, Pakistan army on Monday claimed it would continue to conduct operations without American assistance.

"We have no comments" on the move, said a spokesman for the Pakistani military in response to the reports, claiming, that US had suspended aid to Pak military.

"We have not received any official intimation or correspondence on the matter."

The Pakistan Army, "in the past as well as at present, has conducted successful military operations using its own resources without any external support whatsoever," the spokesman said.

Apparently, angered by Pakistan's reluctance to go full throttle in the war against terror, White House Chief of Staff Tom Donilon confirmed that US has decided to with hold a third of its annual USD 2.7 billion security assistance to Pakistan, reflecting months of bickering between the allies.

The US officials also indicated that the step was also in retaliation for Islamabad's call for a "significant cutback" of American military trainers on its soil.

The Pakistan army spokesman referred to a statement issued by General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on June 9, that US "military aid should be re-directed towards civilians wherever it is needed."

Kayani's extraordinary statement came after a meeting of the army's top corps commanders on June 9, where he recommended to the civilian government that US funds meant for military assistance should be "diverted towards economic aid...which can be used for reducing the burden on the common man".


First Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 17:40

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