Time to change US policy towards Pakistan: Ackerman


It is time to completely rethink the United States relationship with Pakistan due to Islamabad’s continuing to sponsor terrorist groups such as the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, said US Congressman Gary Ackerman, a top democrat in the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on South Asia.
During a Congressional hearing, Ackerman said, “There’s an old saying, well known to all of us, ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’. Unfortunately, this is nonsense. The enemy of my enemy is my enemy’s enemy, that’s it.” He said, “To state what should be obvious, but somehow is not: Pakistan — meaning both the nominally democratic civilian government and the unelected but ultimately decisive Pakistani military establishment — is not our friend.” “They are not our allies; they are not our partners; they are not on our team; they are not on our side. And no matter how much aid we give them, no matter what military capabilities we provide them, and no matter what promises, assurances or pledges we make to them, these facts are not going to change,” he added.
He said Pakistan is on its own side with 75 percent Pakistanis having an unfavorable opinion of the US. “That is what $22 billion in our taxpayer’s money has bought us since 2002 in Pakistan,” he added.