US Should Ensure Pak Uses Military Aid to Fight Terrorists, Not India: Antony

Expressing concerns over America’s reported decision to supply sophisticated weapons to Pakistan, defence minister AK Antony has said that the US should make sure that its ‘latest tranche of military aid’ is utilized in fighting al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists and not against India, said media reports.

“Given our bitter past experience of how Islamabad used such aid against India, Washington should ensure that the latest tranche of military aid is used only for the purpose of countering al-Qaida and Taliban terrorists and not against India,” he was quoted as saying in a statement.

Reports have earlier said that the US cleared the sale of a whole array of sophisticated weapons such as Laser Guided Bomb kits, surveillance drones and latest-model F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan to enhance capacity of its forces to strike in remote tribal areas to take on Taliban and al-Qaida fighters.

With this new arms aid, US counter-insurgency assistance fund for Pakistan is slated to increase to $1.2 billion in fiscal year 2011 from $700 million in the current fiscal.

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