Pakistan has a long history of harbouring terrorists and America should
not give Islamabad even a dollar until it corrects its behaviour,
Indian-American former US envoy to the UN Nikki Haley has said as she
praised the Trump administration for wisely restricting financial
assistance to the country.
Haley, who has founded a new policy
group ‘Stand America Now’ that will focus on how to keep the US safe,
strong, and prosperous, wrote in an op-ed that when the US provides aid
to nations, “it is more than fair to ask what the US gets in return for
our generosity” but instead Pakistan routinely opposed the US position
at the UN on several issues.
“In 2017, Pakistan received nearly
USD 1 billion in US foreign aid, the sixth most of any country. Much of
the aid went to the Pakistani military. Some went for road, highway, and
energy projects to assist the Pakistani people,” Haley wrote in the
op-ed ‘Foreign Aid Should Only Go To Friends’.
all key votes at the UN, Pakistan opposed the American position 76 per
cent of the time. Much more troubling, Pakistan also has a long history
of harbouring terrorists who have killed US troops in Afghanistan,” she
Haley, the former Governor of South Carolina, added that
the Trump administration has “already wisely restricted assistance to
Pakistan, but there is much more to be done.”
Haley, who had
stepped down as the US envoy to the UN at the end of last year, has
previously strongly criticised Pakistan for continuing to harbour
terrorists that turn around and kill American soldiers while taking
billions of dollars in foreign aid from the US.
In an interview
to US magazine ‘The Atlantic’ in December, Haley had said the US did not
need to give money to countries that wish harm to America, go behind
its back and try and “stop us from doing things”.
example I’ll give you is, look at Pakistan. Giving them over a billion
dollars, and they continue to harbour terrorists that turn around and
kill our soldiers —that’s never okay. We shouldn’t even give them a
dollar until they correct it. Use the billion dollars. That’s not a
small amount of change,” she had said.
Last September, the Trump
administration cancelled $300 million in military aid to Islamabad for
not doing enough against terror groups active on its soil. Trump had
defended his administration’s decision to stop hundreds of millions of
dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying Islamabad does not do “a
damn thing” for the US and its government helped late al-Qaeda leader
Osama bin Laden hide near its garrison city of Rawalpindi.
Haley’s new policy group aims to promote public policies that strengthen America’s economy, culture, and national security.
group will provide information to grassroots Americans, to highlight
the dangers and the opportunities they face domestically and
internationally. It will advocate the policies that strengthen the US at
all levels of government and in the broader media and culture.