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US aid to Pak will end up being used against India, warns ex-Pak diplomat

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Islamabad: Pakistan’s former Ambassador to the United States Husain Haqqani has warned Washington that its aid to Islamabad will “end up being used against India and not against terrorists”.

As the US is preparing to sell F-16s fighter jets to Pakistan, the country’s former top diplomat, Haqqani, described the sale of such military hardware as an “appeasement policy towards the Pakistani military”.

In a prepared remark submitted ahead of a Congressional hearing on ‘Civil Nuclear Cooperation with Pakistan: Prospects and Consequences to the Terrorism, Non-proliferation, and Trade Sub-committee of the Committee on Foreign Affairs’, Haqqani said Pakistan’s failure to tackle its jihadist challenge is “not the result of a lack of arms”, but a reflection of an “absence of will”.

South Asia terrorism expert Daniel Markey also told American lawmakers that pursuing a civil nuclear deal with Pakistan is not only “unrealistic, poorly timed, and unwise”, but also counter-productive to American national interests in the near term. (ANI)