United States appealed yesterday to the policy of carrot and stick with his old ally Pakistan, which gave a new military aid package in exchange for greater efforts to combat the insurgency. Washington reported the grant of 2,000 million dollars (1,435 million euros) for a period of five years for the purchase of equipment counterinsurgency. The announcement was made by Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, on the last day of the third round of meetings, under the name of the Strategic Dialogue have been produced throughout this year in Washington between the two countries.
"The United States has a stronger partner when it comes to counterterrorism," said Clinton, who stressed Islamabad's efforts against Islamic extremist groups. Since 2005, Washington has given Pakistan every year more than 1,000 million in military aid. The financial package must now pass the U.S. Congress is not linked to annual concessions, but would be complementary and dedicated to providing Pakistan with the means to finance terrorist operations, counter-insurgency over five years. In addition, Clinton said the military aid is added to the 7,500 million dollars that Washington is committed to delivering to Islamabad to support programs for civil society.
Since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, but Pakistan is a major U.S. ally complicated because of the delicate geopolitical balance of the area, which includes the neighboring Afghanistan and India, the latter being the president Barack Obama is scheduled visit during his Asian tour in November.
U.S. tension with Pakistan because Afghanistan is constant and affects the two countries. On the one hand, Washington is a critique of the Pakistani government that is not used to fund the fight against the Taliban. On the other hand, the numerous attacks by U.S. drones and NATO helicopters on suspected Taliban or al Qaeda, attacks that cause civilian deaths last September that also killed three Pakistani border guards. The unrest led to Islamabad to close for 10 days, the main route of supplies for allied forces stationed in Afghanistan. Both NATO and the U.S. apologized.
The New York Times, citing government sources, reported yesterday that the Obama Administration refuses to train a number of Pakistani Army units that are related to the murder of unarmed prisoners and civilians during an attack against the Taliban.
In an appearance before reporters with Clinton, the Pakistani Foreign Minister, Mehmood Qureshi, dismissed critics who say his government is doing everything possible to fight the Taliban. The Foreign Minister expressed confidence in the strong ties that bind countries.