‘US troops assistance improved situates Pakistan to salary fight opposite India’: South Asia expert

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Washington: The American troops assistance to Pakistan, a latest list of that was recently put out by a eccentric Congressional Research Service (CRS), improved situates a troops to salary a quarrel opposite India and not to quarrel terrorists, a remarkable US consultant on South Asia has said.

“This assistance improved situates Pakistan to salary quarrel opposite India while doing zero to figure Pakistan’s will or capabilities to aim terrorists and insurgents,” Christine Fair, author of several well-researched books on Pakistan and a troops wrote in a new article, days after a CRS in a news listed out a troops hardware including warrior jets that a US has given to Pakistan.

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“The equipment that Washington has conveyed to Pakistan have small application in fighting insurgents and terrorists; rather, they capacitate Pakistan to improved quarrel India, a approved American partner that has prolonged endured Pakistani predations,” Fair said.

A new American process towards Pakistan, secure in solemn realism, is prolonged overdue, she argued in her new square in National Interest.

Since 9/11, a United States has lavished Pakistan with scarcely USD 8 billion in confidence assistance, USD 11 billion in mercantile assistance, and USD 13 billion in a remunerative programme famous as Coalition Support Funds (CSF), she pronounced referring to a CRS report.

Since then, Pakistan has availed of poignant US weapons systems and armaments, including: a used Perry-class barb frigate; 18 new and 14 used nuclear-capable F-16s; an array of munitions (i.e 500 air-to-air missiles, 1,450 2,000-pound bombs);  1,600 kits that concede Pakistan to modify sobriety bombs into laser-guided smarter bombs, 2,007 anti-armor missiles, 100 Harpoon anti-ship missiles, 500 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, 7 naval guns, 374 armored crew carriers, and most more, she said.

A send of 15 reconnoitering unmanned aerial vehicles is also underneath way.

“This list suggests that Pakistan’s insurgents have grown air, naval and ground-force capabilities,” Fair said.

According to a US author, Washington provides Pakistan entrance to these arms systems even notwithstanding Pakistan’s failures to approve with a countless conditionalities that a US Congress has emplaced on such assistance.

“Currently, a US provides this assistance underneath several waivers. In doing so, Washington erodes a possess credibility, demeans a possess laws, and rewards Pakistan for enchanting in a really activities that a United States seeks to curtail.

Worse, given a fungibility of funds, a United States has subsidized Pakistan’s investment in a jihadi and chief capabilities,” Fair said.

PTI