US taking a `clear-eyed` approach on Pak
Last Updated: Monday, July 11, 2011, 13:15
  
Washington: The US, which has suspended nearly USD 800 million in military aid to Pakistan following its reluctance to go full throttle in the war on terror, says it has adopted a very "clear-eyed approach" towards Islamabad.

Senior Obama administration officials insisted that Washington was weighing both the importance of a continued long-term relationship with Pakistan and the importance of near-term action on key issues.

"We are taking a very clear-eyed approach - weighing both the importance of a continued long-term relationship with Pakistan and the importance of near-term action on key issues - to our relationship with Pakistan and will continue to work with their leaders to affirm the importance of cooperating towards our shared national security objectives," a senior administration official said.

White House Chief of Staff William Daley in an interview to the ABC news channel yesterday confirmed that the US has suspended some USD 800 million in military aid to Pakistan as it wants Islamabad to adhere to and commit certain actions which it wants in the war against terrorism.

The military aid running into millions of dollars would remain suspended till the time, the United States gets what it wants from Pakistan, Pentagon insisted.

In a meeting with Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee here last month, National Security Advisor Tom Donilon said the US would not cut off its relationship with Pakistan, even as going forward it would strictly seek accountability from Pakistan and would strictly enforce "no free pass" policy with it.

PTI


First Published: Monday, July 11, 2011, 13:15


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