This Article is From Jun 29, 2009

Pak diverted over $5 bn aid into nuke programme

Washington: Pakistan diverted a whopping sum of over $five billion provided as aid by the US to fight Taliban militants into its nuclear programme, a report has said.

The report by security expert Andrew Cockburn also says that the US ignored disgraced nuclear scientist A Q Khan's proliferation activities in the 1990s.

"Most of the aid we've sent them over the past few years has been diverted into their nuclear programme," the report published in 'Counter Punch' quoted a senior national security official in the Obama administration as saying.

Most of this 'diverted aid' -- $5.56 billion as of a year ago -- was officially designated "Coalition Support Funds" for Pakistani military operations against the Taliban.