Before you read the article below from the LA Times in which it is reported that Pakistan is getting all huffy with us, look at this newspaper headline below. I took a picture of that Pakistani newspaper headline on one of my trips to Pakistan with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. You can see from the headline, the USA was bringing them cash to help with theirs floods, earthquakes, starvation, education etc. We were helping their people because their government could not and/or would not (incidentally, our next stop on that trip was Afghanistan and when we landed in Kabul, I logged on only to read in the NYT that the big shot Pakistanis in government don’t pay taxes…so that is one of the reasons that the USA had to pick up the freight and feed their people. They won’t. The Pakistani government is so corrupt that they write the laws to make themselves rich…and meanwhile the Pakistani government poisons the Pakistani people against us. Go figure!)
I kept this picture of this headline because not only were we (Americans) being very generous but to top it all, the Pakistani people were resentful to this cash give away. Why were they resentful? Because we wanted to know what they were going to spend it on — we wanted some accountability. They did not want to tell us. Both the USA and India (and no doubt others) know that money into Pakistan can go to financing terrorism that is then inflicted on India and USA. Of course we would like to track the money we give since no one wants to finance the terrorism against himself! The Pakistanis were unglued – and insulted – that we would want to know how the money was going to be spent.
By the way, you could feel the anti American sentiment in Pakistan. That is not to say EVERYBODY hates Americans in Pakistan but rather to say that I felt unwelcome by many I came in contact with. I have been all over the world but Pakistan has been by far the most unwelcoming country I have been in. I felt safer and more welcome in Afghanistan and North Korea!
FROM LA TIMES:
Pakistan warns that U.S. accusations may cost Washington an ally
Islamabad denies it helped militants attack U.S. troops and officials in Afghanistan.
‘You cannot afford to alienate Pakistan,’ Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar says.
Reporting from Islamabad, Pakistan—
Pakistani officials warned Friday that they could jettison the United States as an ally if American officials continued to accuse Islamabad’s intelligence agency of assisting a leading Afghan Taliban group in recent attacks in Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar cautioned the U.S. against airing allegations such as the blunt charge of collusion between Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, known as ISI, and the militant Haqqani network made Thursday by Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
“You cannot afford to alienate Pakistan; you cannot afford to alienate the Pakistani people,” Khar said in New York, speaking to a Pakistani television channel. She was in the U.S. for the U.N. General Assembly session.
Pakistani army chief Gen. Ashfaq Kayani in a statement called Mullen’s remarks “very unfortunate and not based on facts.”
Pakistani officials continued to tersely reject the allegations and challenged the U.S. to furnish evidence of ties between the country’s intelligence community and the Haqqani group.
Mullen called the Haqqani network “a veritable arm” of the ISI CLICK HERE