`Haqqanis supported by ISI killing Americans`

The US military aid to Pakistan must be directly linked to its co-operation in the war against terrorism, a top Republican lawmaker said.

Last Updated: Dec 04, 2011, 23:49 PM IST

Washington: The US military aid to Pakistan
must be directly linked to its co-operation in the war against
terrorism, a top Republican lawmaker said on Sunday, accusing the
powerful Pakistani spy agency of supporting the Haqqani terror
network involved in attacks on American soldiers in
Afghanistan.

"I would gauge our aid, particularly military aid -- and
we`ve given many billions.....directly related to the degree
of cooperation they show us. And we have to explore all
alternatives," Senator John McCain said as Pak-US ties plunged
to a new low after the deadly NATO strike taht killed 24
Pakistani soldiers.

"Aid has to be gauged on the degree of cooperation that
they are showing us in helping us prevent the needless deaths
of young Americans. That`s our first obligation," he told the
CNN in response to a question.

Expressing sympathy with the families of those Pakistani
soldiers that were killed in the NATO air strike last week,
McCain said the fact is that there have been previous
occasions where Pakistani military or others have fired across
the Pakistani border into Afghanistan.

"This is a fog of war situation. An investigation is
going on. But, also, the fact is that the ISI, the
intelligence arm of the Pakistani Army is still supporting the
Haqqani network, which is killing Americans. They is
unacceptable," McCain underlined.

He said there are two fertilizer factories where the
materials for which are used for IEDs that are killing
Americans.

"Now we tried cutting of all relations with Pakistan for
10 years. It didn`t work," the Arizona Senator said.

PTI