India Reacts Sharply to $532 Million US Aid to Pakistan

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India Reacts Sharply to $532 Million US Aid to Pakistan

India has long accused Pakistan of allowing terrorists like Hafiz Sayeed, chief of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba, to continue functioning under the banner of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa.

New Delhi:  How the US spends its tax payer's money is "entirely its prerogative", India has said, pointing out that Islamabad has not shown sustained commitment to ceasing support to or dismantling bases of terror organisations operating from that country.

New Delhi was reacting to the US Congress signing off a certification that will allow President Barack Obama to disburse 532 million dollars in aid to Pakistan.

The US Congress has certified that the Pakistan government has "prevented al Qaeda, the Taliban and associated terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad from operating" from its territory. The certification is a condition for the US to disburse aid to Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar Bill for civilian assistance.

 "How the Government of the United States of America decides to spend US Tax payers money is entirely its prerogative," said External Affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin today, adding, "India does not believe that Pakistan is showing 'sustained commitment' or making 'significant effort' or 'ceasing support' or dismantling 'bases of operations' of the Laskhar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Muhammad, the Haqqani network and quite possibly the al Qaeda."

The certification comes ahead of a visit to Islamabad by the US Foreign Secretary of State John Kerry later this month.

Mr Kerry will also travel to India ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit as the chief guest at Republic Day celebrations in Delhi.

Mr Kerry is scheduled to attend the Vibrant Gujarat summit to be held in Gandhinagar from January 11 to 13.



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