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Pak will lose U.S. aid if it fails to fulfill counter-terrorism promises: Editorial

June 16, 2011 - Islamabad

If Pakistan wants billions of dollars worth of American aid to it to continue, it needs to stop trying to fool the world, and deliver on the counter-terrorism promises that it has made in the past, says an editorial.

The editorial sees the House Appropriations Committee's decision of withholding 75 percent of the 1.1 billion dollars worth of the U.S. aid to Pakistan as a significant development in the context of deliverables on the war on terror.

The editorial further reveals that relations between Washington and Islamabad are presently in the Catch 22 mode, as Gates is on record saying that " We need each other, and this relationship goes beyond Afghanistan".

Though distrust prevails between the two countries, especially in the aftermath of the killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden and drone strikes across tribal badlands bordering Afghanistan, both Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman US. Joint Chiefs of Staff have said it would be dangerous and unrealistic to walk away from Pakistan.

The Daily Times editorial says the US. is "obviously wary of repeating the same mistake it made post-Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan"(1989-90), which allowed al Qaeda to grow stronger and cemented the radical authority of the Taliban.

Pakistan must therefore take the growing criticism seriously, the editorial concludes.


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