National Defence Bureau,
New Delhi, 05 January 2017
In a video message posted on social media, Sen. Paul took on Islamabad for what he said was its willingness to harbor terrorist groups within Pakistan’s borders while continuing to take billions of dollars in assistance from Washington.
“The United States should not give one penny to countries who burn our flag and chant ‘Death to America”. “Countries like Pakistan that stonewall access to key information in fighting terrorism don’t deserve our money”, Senator Paul said.
“I say we should stop now; Stop sending your hard-earned tax dollars to Pakistan”.
I’m introducing a bill to end aid to Pakistan in the coming days. My bill will take the money that would have gone to Pakistan and put it in an infrastructure fund to build roads and bridges here at home. pic.twitter.com/SHlA00rWEd
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 4, 2018
US Senator Rand Paul would be introducing a legislation that would eliminate U.S. aid to Pakistan and set the money aside for domestic infrastructure projects.
Rand Paul, who introduced a bill in 2015 to end aid to the Palestinian Authority, said he was energized by President Trump’s recent comments criticizing U.S. assistance to Pakistan, terming the president Trump’s position on the matter ‘a breakthrough’.
“I’ve been fighting to end Pakistani aid for years. But now we have a breakthrough,” Paul said.
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
“President Trump has publicly called to end their aid, and is currently holding up over $200 million of it. I want to end all of it””
Paul’s reaction came shortly before the State Department announced that the U.S. would freeze security assistance to Pakistan amid frustrations over the country’s failure to confront extremists within its borders.