Latest US military aid offer less than what Pakistan has already spent: Gilani

The $2 bn US aid package is lesser than Pak has already spent, said Gilani.

Updated: Oct 23, 2010, 16:03 PM IST

Islamabad: The latest military aid announced by the United States is less than the amount Pakistan has already spent, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said.

Gilani made these remarks while talking to office-bearers of the Diplomatic Correspondents Association of Pakistan (DCAP) at the Prime Minister’s House, The News reported.

On the final day of the strategic dialogue, the US had announced a 2 billion-dollar military aid package to cover the costs of the military hardware and equipment needed by Pakistan for its fight against counterinsurgency.

The Prime Minister also said that Pakistan’s military was patriotic, and could not give wrong advice to the government.

Gilani said that Pakistan was a responsible nuclear weapons state and its nuclear capability was only for deterrence. “We are well aware of the responsibilities that come with this status,” he added.

Pakistan was demanding from the United States civil nuclear technology cooperation on the pattern of India, the premier revealed.

He also expressed his concern over the prevailing situation in Kashmir, and added, “Pakistan shall continue to extend its full moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people in their just cause.”

He noted that peace and security in South Asia could only be achieved with a sincere effort to resolve the longstanding disputes.

Gilani said that this required leadership, vision and courage, and the only way forward for India and Pakistan to resolve their outstanding issues was dialogue.

“I have had some productive exchanges with my Indian counterpart, but I am disappointed that the promise of those meetings has not yet been realised because my Indian counterpart faced pressure from his parliament as well as internal pressure due to which progress was not made on the resumption of dialogue,” he added, referring to his talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.