பயங்கரவாதத்தை ஒடுக்க பாகிஸ்தானுக்கு அமெரிக்கா கொடுத்த 6 பில்லியன் டாலர் காணவில்லை என்று சுதந்திரமான ஆடிட்டிங் நிறுவனம் அறிவித்துள்ளது.
இந்த பணம் பெரும்பாலும் இந்தியாவுக்கு எதிரான பயங்கரவாதத்துக்கு ஆதரவாக திருப்பிவிடப்பட்டிருக்கலாம் என்றும் பலர் கருதுகிறார்கள்.
US aid to Pak mostly unaccounted for
25 Jun 2008, 1024 hrs IST,PTI
WASHINGTON: Nearly six billion US dollars have been provided by the US to Pakistan to fight against terrorism since the September 9, 2001 attacks on America. But the funds have hardly been used for that purpose, an independent audit has found.
The findings by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released in a report on Tuesday showed a troubling lack of oversight and accountability for the US funds to Pakistan that were meant to combat terrorism.
The findings angered Congress members with the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Democrat Howard Berman expressing shock at the lack of oversight of several billion dollars heading the way of Pakistan by way of Coalition Support Funds which is funding for the war on terror.
"I'm shocked at the lack of oversight of billions of dollars that have been doled out in Pakistan in an effort to fight terrorism," Berman said in a statement.
The US has provided Pakistan about USD 5.6 billion in payments since 2001 attacks on World Trade Centre which killed more than 3000 people.
The GAO found several cases where the Bush Administration could not explain or account for such payments, including millions of dollars for road construction with no evidence that any roads were built, and reimbursement costs to the Pakistan military that may be duplicative.
"The report documents how US funds were used without any evidence that they supported counter-terrorism efforts.
"The US government is being asked to reimburse Pakistan for non-incremental air defence radar maintenance when al Qaeda is not even known to have an air force. The purpose of these funds is to support the fight against extremists, not to boost Pakistan's conventional warfare capability," he said.