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Confident Pak will not use weapons against India: US

The US, which is offering a range of sophisticated weapons to Pakistan to fight terrorists, is confident that these will not be used against India "in any way".



Washington: The US, which is offering a
range of sophisticated weapons to Pakistan to fight
terrorists, is confident that these will not be used against
India "in any way" and promised to ensure that the armaments
are not misused through end-use monitoring.

"They are not to be used against India in any way,"
Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia and Central Asian
Affairs Robert Blake has said.
"This is a question I often receive, and I`d like to
reassure all of our friends in India that whatever military
assistance we are providing to Pakistan is to be used in its
fight against terrorism - particularly in its border areas
with Afghanistan," Blake said yesterday during a webchat ahead
of the US-India Strategic Dialogue here.

He acknowledged that the Obama Administration was
providing a range of counterterrorism platforms and
counterinsurgency platforms to Pakistan.

"And these are things, really, that are going to be
used against the militants who are based in these border areas
of Afghanistan and Pakistan. They are not to be used against
India in any way," he asserted.

"So, again, I`d like to reassure all of our
participants in this dialogue that that is the purpose for
which we are transferring arms to Pakistan.
He also said that the US will also undertake
"through" end-use monitoring so that whatever weapons are
transferred to Pakistan are used for the purposes for which
they were sold.

There have been reports that the US may supply
sophisticated laser-guided bomb kits, 12 surveillance drones
and 18 F-16 fighters to enhance Pakistan military`s capability
to strike at Taliban and al-Qaeda targets located in remote
tribal areas of Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

He also said that the overall character of US
assistance programme to Pakistan was changing very rapidly and
pointed out that through the Kerry-Lugar legislation,
Washington was providing USD 1.5 billion a year in economic
assistance to Pakistan to help that country to meet its
economic and energy challenges of its fast-growing population.

"So, that`s really where I would put the focus. Not
so much on the military side," Blake said.

He also said that the US was "very encouraged" that
the Pakistani army has redeployed troops away from the Indian
border.

"We do not see India as a threat to Pakistan and so
we would encourage that process to continue. And that`s why we
attached such great importance to improved relations between
India and Pakistan," he said, adding that Washington will
continue to work hard on and will continue to remain a very
high priority.

PTI

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