The U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate recently to ask fora halting of the U.S. economic assistance to Pakistan while Trump administration has already halted its military assistance to Pakistan. A bill was introduced in the House saying the non-defense assistance to Pakistan should now be put to an end and the money set aside for this purpose should be spent on infrastructure projects in the United States.
The reason behind this approval as provided by the movers is, “Pakistan provides military and intelligence aid to terrorists”, a charge that Pakistan strongly denies. On its defense, Pakistan claims that the U.S is just blaming their country as they themselves fail to hide their failure in Afghanistan where they tried to initiate an insurgency.
The Congressmen Mark Sanford from South Carolina and Thomas Massie from Kentucky seeks to prohibit the US State Department and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) from sending American taxpayer money to Pakistan. Instead, they ask for these funds to be invested in Highway Projects and road infrastructures in the U.S.
It seems like the Congressmen are offended to know that their money is being used to award the terrorist whereas it can be used to some great State’s developing projects. Most of the people in Senator agreed with the legislation to bring back the money home instead of spending it on a nation who burns their flag and imprison a doctor who helped them finding Osama. Instead, the money can be invested in Highway Trust Fund for which the money falls short by $111 billion by 2026. It completely makes sense. The current debate in the House got more aired by President Donald Trump’s tweet that accused Pakistan to receive more than $33 billion in recent 15 years and in return giving nothing but false promises.