Bangalore: The Indian-American community leaders under the banner of National Indian American Coalition (NIAC) have asked American lawmakers to cut all U.S. aid to Pakistan. They have raised such a demand, ahead of ISI Chief Lt Gen Zaheer ul-Isla’s meeting with the Congressmen in Washington, reports PTI.
According to Nirmala Sitharaman, a BJP spokesperson, who represented her party at the meeting, the recent steps in the Congress to cut aid to Pakistan are encouraging.
"These (US) aides seem to be misdirected towards encouraging and facilitating terrorists groups in Pakistan, who seem to be moving freely in Afghanistan and also probably targeting India," she said.
"The suspicion that any aide that goes to Pakistan may get misused is increasingly getting affirmed by Senators and Congressmen in the US who are approaching their own government to cut aid to Pakistan. We from India feel that not only as a collateral damage, India faces disastrous consequences, but also we are prime targets for these non-State operators," Sitharaman said.
NIAC has so far sent more than 50,000 petitions to the U.S. Congress favouring Congressman Ted Poe's bill to put an end to all foreign support to Pakistan.