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US aid money not going entirely to Pak armed forces: Qureshi

June 24, 2011 - Islamabad

Former Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday said it was wrong to say that multi-billion dollar aid coming from the United States was primarily being routed to the country's defence forces for counter-terrorism operations.

Speaking in an exclusive interview to ANI on Friday, Qureshi categorically said: "The bulk of the money that has come, has not gone to the army, it has not been given to the army".

He specifically said that Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff, General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani had given a breakdown of the money that Pakistan was receiving from the United States.

"In that breakdown, there is a very clear position that the bulk of the money went to the civilian authorities for civilian projects- social sectors and others sectors," Qureshi said.

Qureshi said that General Kayani has also offered that what is being given, can also be taken for social and economic development. By Smita Prakash


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