Pakistan not honest with US: Rep Rick Perry

Republican presidential hopefuls are calling for stopping the US aid to Pakistan for its double game in the war on terror.

Updated: Nov 13, 2011, 11:02 AM IST

Washington: Republican presidential hopefuls
appear to be bitterly divided over Pakistan, with some openly
calling for stopping the US aid to Islamabad for its "double
game" in the war on terror while others advocating engagement
arguing that the country possessed nuclear weapons.

Participating in a Republican presidential candidates`
debate on foreign policy, Texas Governor Rick Perry came out
with the strongest policy against Pakistan, accusing Islamabad
of not being honest with the United States.

"It (Pakistan) is clearly sending us messages that they
don`t deserve our foreign aid ... because they`re not being
honest with us. American soldiers` lives are being put at
jeopardy because of that country. It is time for us as a
country to say no to foreign aid to countries that don`t
support the United States of America," Perry thundered.
The Texas Governor accused Pakistan of playing a double
game with the US.

"They`ve been doing this for years. Their political
people are not who are in charge of that country. It`s the
military. It`s the secret service. That`s who is running that
country. I don`t trust them. And we need to send clear
messages. We need to do foreign aid completely different."

Perry was supported by Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of
House of Representatives, who has surged ahead of others in
the latest polls of Republican presidential candidates.

"The fact (is) that the Pakistanis, and think about this,
hid (Osama) bin Laden for at least six years in a military
city within a mile of their national defence university. And
then they got mad at the people who turned him over to us. And
we think those are the acts of allies? I think that`s a pretty
good idea to start at zero, and sometimes stay there,"
Gingrich said.

Two other Republican candidates Rick Santorum and
Michele Bachmann spoke quite different language of the need
to have a policy of engagement with the nuclear-powered

"I would not agree with that assessment to pull all
foreign aid from Pakistan. I would reduce foreign aid to many,
many countries. But there`s a problem. Because Pakistan has a
nuclear weapon," Bachmann said.

"We have more people affiliated with al Qaeda closer to
that nuclear bomb than in any other nation. This is an
extremely important issue," she added.

Santorum said Pakistan must be a friend of the United

Pakistan is a nuclear power, he said. "There are people
in that country that if they gained control of that country
will create a situation equal to the situation that is now
percolating in Iran."

"So we can`t be indecisive about whether Pakistan is our
friend. They must be our friend. We must engage them as
friends, get over the difficulties we have as we did with
Saudi Arabia with respect to the events of 9/11.

"The terrorists came from Saudi Arabia. And we said,
`Well, you know what`? It`s important for us to maintain that
relationship in spite of those difficulties," Santorum said.

"And it`s important for us with a nuclear power with a
very vast number of people in Pakistan who are radicalising,
that we keep a solid and stable relationship, and work through
our difficulties," he argued.