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US lawmakers support Trump's move to block military aid to Pakistan

"Pakistan's regime persists in playing both sides between modern civilisation and violent religious fundamentalism," a US lawmaker

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US President Donald Trump
US President Donald Trump

US President is receiving praise from top American lawmakers, including some of his critics, over his move to block $255 million military aid to The US has decided to withhold the aid saying the fate of such assistance will depend on Islamabad's response to on its soil. Senator Rand Paul yesterday announced his agreement with Trump over the move and promised to bring in a legislation in the Congress to stop all US aid to "I wholeheartedly agree with President Trump on this. The US has given $34 billion in direct aid and military reimbursements to since 2002. That is not putting America first. puts the figure at $33 billion. The Kentucky Senator also expressed his support to Trump's tweet on Monday in which the US president accused of giving the US "nothing but lies and deceit" in exchange for billions of aid, with the president declaring, "No more!". Congressman Dana Rohrabacher also applauded Trump for his "realistic assessment" of "Pakistan's regime, though our government imagines otherwise, has long acted as a malignancy in South Asia.

It pretends to benign neutrality, seducing the US into believing it will cooperate with us in the war on radical Islamic if we ship its political leadership copious tax dollars," said Rohrabacher. "Pakistan's regime persists in playing both sides between modern civilisation and violent religious fundamentalism," he said. Rohrabacher said Pakistan's intelligence service "serves the Taliban" instead of providing the whereabouts of terrorists' hideouts to the US government. He cited the example of Osama bin Laden who lived in a house near Pakistan's leading military academy before the tracked the location and killed him. "Indeed, Dr. Afridi (Shakeel Afridi), who led us to bin Laden, now languishes in a dungeon for his supposed effrontery," he added. Both Rohrabacher and Paul have regularly pushed amendments to stop aid to Congressman Rick Nolan also gave Trump a thumbs-up for the move. "Although I do not condone inflammatory tweets -- I agree that America should not be giving billions of dollars to countries like that refuse to fight terrorism," he said. "The truth is, the billions of dollars we have sent to over the last 15 years has done nothing to make us safer. In fact, has ties to the same terrorist organisations which they claim to be fighting!" he said. Nolan has joined Congressman Ted Poe in introducing legislation that revokes Pakistan's major non-ally status. On the other side of the spectrum, Republican Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who is founder and chair of the Congressional Pakistani Caucus, called for diplomatic efforts to resolve the differences with "As Chair and founder of the Congressional Caucus, I appreciate the importance of using the tools of and engagement to solve problems. In the past, has fought against the terrorists," she said in a tweet.

First Published: Wed, January 03 2018. 09:42 IST