U.S. slashed $350 million in aid to Pakistan!
KALAT, Balochistan -- The U.S. House of Representatives has decided to reduce the aid to Pakistan by $350 million soon after Selig Harrison of the Center for International Policy urged the Bush Administration to withhold U.S. aid to Islamabad until Pakistan ceases military activity in Balochistan.
According to a study by U.S. officials preparing a brief for U.S. Congress on the aid given by United States to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Islamabad has received $15 billion of funding since 1947 to 2005.
In 2003, President George W. Bush announced a $3 billion assistance program spread over five years beginning last year.
The military dictatorship of General Pervez Musharraf has also received substantial portions of the $6.17 billion approved by U.S. Congress for support of coalition partners against terrorism. Pakistan military regime has received $2.3 billion between 2002-2004 on this account.
Government of Balochistan (GOB) in Exile objects to the use of these funds by the Pakistani military regime to suppress the Baloch freedom struggle instead of fighting Islamic terrorism within Pakistan. Over 60,000 Pakistani troops are now engaged in military operations within Balochistan against the Baloch resistance forces. Even American supplied gunship helicopters (meant to combat terrorism in Waziristan area) are now diverted to Balochistan to commit atrocities against non-combatant Baloch citizen.
U.S. policy makers must realize that the Baloch are a democratic, liberal and secular group of people who are engaged in liberating Balochistan. The mullah-military alliance of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan are involved in oppressing the aspirations of the Baloch people and extinguishing any hope of secular democracy in the region.
Baloch News Bureau Report
Mir Azaad Khan Baloch
The Government of Balochistan in Exile