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Pakistan Does Not Need American Aid, Good News

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Cheer up Americans, Pakistan does not need American aid. Now you will be pleased as the Pakistani leadership has shown courage for the first time by saying that they do not need American aid. Now Pakistan is really an independent country. Now it is not part of the United States.

There will be no denying the fact that Pakistan can survive without any American aid as God the Great has given the country the treasures in abundance, but the main reason of Pakistan's failure is the rampant corruption. There was a time when Pakistan was self-sufficient, but later it has has sold its soveriegnty to the United States for a few dollars. Who sold Pakistan? Pakistan has been sold by the corrupt rulers to the United States. Now the people of Pakistan will certainly pay the amount to the US if she agrees to give the country back to them.

There will no denying the fact that problems of Pakistan can be only be resolved by the people of Pakistan.  Americans cannot solve the problems of Pakistan. They have complicated the problems of Pakistan to such an extent that now the very existence of the country is at stake.

The Americans should stop their leaders from interaction with the corrupt rulers of Pakistan. Pakistan is country which has badly been affected by the cancer. I shall advise the Americans to remain in distance from Pakistan otherwise this cancer will transmit to your country. I have been seeing with my own eyes the Pakistani cancer is transmitting to the US very fastly. What is the cancer of Pakistan? The cancer of Pakistan is the rampant corruption.

The people of tribal areas have now been repenting as why they have opted for joining Pakistan. But now tribal areas is the part of the cancer. Now the whole areas are being affected during the operation against cancer of corruption. The main reason of terrorism is the rampant corruption.

Talking to the media at the State Bank of Pakistan Multan auditorium on Saturday, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said that Pakistan would not accept any US aid that came with conditions that go against Pakistan’s interests. He said: “Pakistan is a sovereign country and will not accept conditions that are against its interests and stature”. Since the media knows that the Mullen-Holbrooke visit to Islamabad did not go well, the press has given the statement its top headline.

This is the first message to Washington after the US official duo had a rather icy reception in Islamabad, with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi throwing in his riposte to President Obama’s reference to a “blank cheque”, and what Mr Holbrooke had to say later in New Delhi about India in the context of Afghanistan. If there is a foreign policy red rag for Pakistan, it is India’s presence in Afghanistan and what India is doing in Balochistan and the tribal areas and for which there is now mounting evidence.

The India factor again emerged when Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Lahore, Pervaiz Rathor, said Saturday that India was involved in attacks on the Sri Lankan team and the Manawan Police Training Centre. If he is right then Baitullah Mehsud is in cahoots with India because the Manawan incident was owned by the Taliban warlord. Also, the terrorists who attacked the Sri Lankan team have been traced to a jihadi militia located in southern Punjab. However, there is some information that India may be indirectly funding these activities which could provide the piece in the puzzle.

The TV channels tended to see the visit of our army chief General Ashfaq Kayani in the same context. Are we about to spurn the crucial economic assistance coming to us from the IMF and the Friends of Pakistan group of countries, all of them being subject to an American veto? The Foreign Office has been upset over the bill being moved in the US Congress to facilitate assistance to Pakistan. Some of the displeasure characterising Foreign Minister Qureshi’s exchange with the Mullen-Holbrooke duo could indeed stem from a reading of the bill.

The Pakistan Enduring Assistance and Cooperation Enhancement (PEACE) Act of 2009, introduced by Representative Howard Berman on April 2 says in sub-clause “J” that Pakistan is “not to support any person or group that conducts violence, sabotage, or other activities meant to instil fear or terror in India”. Sub-clause “K” binds Pakistan “to ensure access of United States investigators to individuals suspected of engaging in worldwide proliferation of nuclear materials, and restrict such individuals from travel or any other activity that could result in further proliferation”.

The direct reference to India, despite the fact that Pakistan has bilaterally assured India that it will not allow any terrorism in India from its soil, may have offended Islamabad, but the next indirect reference to Dr AQ Khan is certainly going to create hurdles in the US-Pak cooperation in the coming days. Of course, the sub-clause will bite only after Washington has made a move on Dr Khan and Pakistan has thwarted it. Sub-clauses “H” and “I” ask Pakistan to get rid of the “Taliban and Taliban-affiliated groups in Pakistan that support insurgents in Afghanistan”.

If Pakistan sees these conditions as being hostile to its interests, it can turn the US assistance down, but others in the Friends of Pakistan group of countries may not favour this decision. Pakistan’s spurning of the money currently pivotal to its economic survival will also depend very much on some “friends” coming to its help and matching the dollars that Pakistan will stand to lose. That the money is a large sum compared to assistance in the past is quite clear; and it is being made available in times of global financial duress. We would assume therefore that Pakistan is in the process of formulating a nuanced response that helps it influence US thinking by informing Washington of the complexities involved in tackling terrorism and the danger of letting India dictate the terms of US-Pakistan alliance.

Source: dailytimes.com.pk

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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur District, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is (more...)

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