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By NewsGram Staff Writer

US military has given weapons worth $5.4 billion to Pakistan since 2001, a US report said.

The report declared that the US has also provided Pakistan with many other programmes, constituting major expenses; which are said to be suited to conventional warfare. Congressional Research Service (CRS) for lawmakers has stated in a report that the sales of F- 16 combat aircraft and the equipment related to it account for nearly half of the foreign military sales agreements made with Pakistan. It further stated that in terms of dollar value, these purchases have been made using Pakistani national funds, which in recent times have been completely veiled by the grants provided by the US. These funds are usually employed to purchase US military equipment for long-term modernization efforts. Pakistan has also been provided with US defence supplies as Excess Defence Articles (EDA).

The CRS report stated that the US has provided 4 Mi-17 multirole helicopters (another 6 were provided temporarily at no cost), 4 King Air 350 surveillance aircraft, 450 vehicles for the Frontier Corps and 20 Buffalo explosives detection and disposal vehicles for counterinsurgency operations.

Although the US has provided Pakistan with these warfare equipment reportedly for counter- terrorists operations, India is apprehensive of such sales as it believes that Islamabad may eventually use them against India.

In April 2015, the US State Department had approved a possible $952 million Foreign Military Financing (FMF) deal with Pakistan for 15 AH-1Z Viper attack helicopters and 1,000 Hellfire II missiles, along with helicopter engines, avionics, training, and support. It has, reportedly, also funded and provided training for more than 2,000 Pakistani military officers through International Military Education and Training and other programs.

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India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly while it was discussing an important issue.

“Such cynical attempts have failed in the past and do not find any resonance in this body,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission, said on Monday.

He was replying to a reference to Kashmir made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi during a debate on the Right to Protect People against crimes against humanity.

“While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bayyapu said.

“I would like to place on record and reiterate that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,” he added.

Lodhi had said that many of the victims of killings and “mass-blinding” are “in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir” and that they “have the further indignity of living under an illegal and alien occupation”.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi. flickr

“Against this backdrop, calls for accountability would invariably smack of double standards and selectivity, especially when egregious crimes including killings and mass-blinding are being committed in full view of the international community,” she said.

However, Lodhi also said: “At its core, the responsibility to protect, is not a license to intervene in external situations, but, is instead, a universal principle of ‘non-indifference’, in keeping with historical context and cultural norms of respective settings.”

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“We should also be mindful that the notion of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ does not become a mere re-enactment of the discredited ‘humanitarian interventions’ of the past,” she added. (IANS)