A resolution to cut most of the United States' funding to Pakistan has been quietly tabled in the U.S. House of Representatives, even as the two countries' relationship continued to totter dangerously in a furore over the alleged terror links of Pakistan's intelligence agency.
The wobble in bilateral ties began last week after scathing remarks by Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who openly spoke of the links between the ISI and the Haqqani network terror outfit in a congressional hearing.
On the very same evening Congressman Ted Poe, Republican of Texas, tabled H.R. 3013, also known as the Pakistan Accountability Act, a piece of legislation which, if passed by Congress, will freeze all U.S. aid to Pakistan with the exception of funds that are designated to help secure nuclear weapons.
In a blunt statement to the House following the introduction of the Act, Mr. Poe said, “Since the discovery of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan has proven to be disloyal, deceptive and a danger to the U.S.”
Support for militants
He added that the “so-called ally continues to take billions in U.S. aid while at the same time supports the militants who attack us”.
A series of harsh exchanges between U.S. and Pakistan followed. Most recently Pakistan's Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said in New York City the Haqqani network was the CIA “blue-eyed boy”.
Mr. Poe said by continuing to provide aid to Pakistan, the U.S. was funding the enemy, endangering Americans and undermining U.S. efforts in the region all together. In a strong speech on the floor of the House Mr. Poe argued, “We pay them to hate us, now we pay them to bomb us. Let's not pay them at all.”
If passed by Congress and signed into law by the White House, the Act would apply to any funds allocated for assistance to Pakistan that were not spent on or after such date, as per the text of the Bill.