WASHINGTON: Alleging that Pakistan has for decades leveraged radical terrorist groups to carry out attacks in India and Afghanistan, a U.S. lawmaker has introduced a bill that proposes to deduct $50 million from the US aid to Islamabad every time an American is killed "as a result of actions of the ISI."
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher has introduced the "Pakistan Terrorism Accountability Act of 2012" in Congress.
The legislation would require the Department of Defence to list all Americans killed by terrorist groups operating with impunity inside Pakistan and Afghanistan and "supported by elements of the Pakistani government."
For each person killed, $50 million would be subtracted from US foreign assistance to Pakistan, a requested $2.2 billion, and given to the victim's family, Rohrabacher proposed.
"For too long America has funded the Pakistani government, giving it free money, while elements of the ISI and Pakistan's military operate radical Islamic groups that are actively murdering Americans. Americans will not accept this," Rohrabacher said.
"Pakistan has for decades leveraged radical terrorist groups to carry out attacks in India and Afghanistan," he alleged.
"Pakistan helped to create the Taliban and Pakistan's intelligence service hid Osama bin Laden from the U.S. for years. Today, one of the most dangerous and sophisticated groups killing American troops in Afghanistan is the Haqqani Network, which is closely operated by the Pakistani government," Mr. Rohrabacher alleged.