Media in India is shouting through the roof that Pakistan's lie has been nailed. I was wondering which lie - cause they lie as a habit and they never accept if they are caught. It seems the media was going overboard on a Pentagon report.
Pakistan has used a substantial amount of military aid from the US meant to fight terrorism to build up its army with modern weapons and equipment for a conventional warfare against India, Pentagon documents have revealed. This is old news ! Barack Obama during his campaign days stated that Paksitan was preparing for a conventional war with India by misusing funds from US and I distinctly remember Arnab sniggering at this Obama remark.
What does the Pentagon "expose" say.
The Pentagon documents also revealed that a major post-9/11 American defence supply to Pakistan under FMF (Foreign Military Financing) had NOTHING to do with its fight against terrorism.
While the Taliban and al-Qaida gained ground in the tribal areas of Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, Islamabad bought eight P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft and their refurbishment worth $474 million. It also placed orders for 5,250 TOW anti-armour missiles worth $186 million. 2,007 of these have already been delivered and the rest are in the process of being supplied.
Besides buying more than 5,600 military radio sets worth $163 million, Pakistan bought six AN/TPS-77 surveillance radars worth $100 million and six C-130E transport aircraft and their refurbishment worth $76 million. Under the Excess Defence Articles (EDA), it was granted 20 AH-1F Cobra attack helicopters, which were then refurbished, according to the Pentagon documents.
Pakistan also used a substantial chunk of America's FMF to purchase up to 60 mid-life update kits for F-16 A/B combat aircraft valued at $891 million. Of this, it paid $477 million from the FMF funds given by the United States.
Similarly, of the $87 million worth order for 115 M-109 self-propelled howitzers, it paid $53 million from FMF. And all this happened while Pakistan's economic situation deteriorated. (All overseen by Bush Jr)
Islamabad also paid a whopping $1.43 billion to the US to purchase 18 new F-16 combat aircraft and another $629 million for F-16 armaments.
Prominent among these are 500 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles; 1,450 2,000-pound bombs; 500 JDAM tail Kits for gravity bombs and 1,600 Enhanced Paveway laser-guided kits, also for gravity bombs. F-16 has not been delivered to date.
Pakistan also paid $298 million for 100 Harpoon anti-ship missiles; $95 million for 500 sidewinder air-to-air missiles and $80 million for six Phalanx close-in-naval guns.
While the Pentagon notified Congress on the possible transfer to Pakistan of three P-3B aircraft as EDA grants that would be modified to carry the E-2C Hawkeye air-borne early warning suite in a deal worth up to $855 million, this effort has not progressed beyond the notification stage.
Major EDA grants since 2001 include 14 F-16A/B combat aircraft and 39 T-37 military trainer jets.
Under Coalition Support Funds -- part of the Pentagon budget -- Pakistan has received 26 Bell 412 utility helicopters, along with related parts and maintenance, valued at $235 million.
Finally, under 1206 and Frontier Corps Authorities, the United States has provided Pakistan with helicopter spare parts, night vision goggles, radios, body armour, helmets, first aid kits, litters and other individual soldier equipment.
Who gave the funds to Pakistan?
Which country gave majority of the weapons from these funds to Pakistan?
Did US not know that these armaments are to fight India and not terrorists?
Answer: Yes, even then US supplied weapons.
So, is it really Pakistan whose lie has been nailed as media is shouting?
Or has US, again played the "Great Game" on India by making its ally on war on terror (Pakistan) reach a convention detente with India?
Have been saying again and again, Great Powers will play the Great Game. By watching from the sidelines, will ensure India forever remains an impotent spectator. However, India does have the wherewithal to change the game for US in the region. A certain division of US has realized this folly, and are pro-India. But economic crisis has restrained Washington's choices and China factor has curtailed many of the better ones for both US & India.
Time for India to stand up and be counted !
On 26th December last year, I wrote this article: SO YOU THINK AMERICA WILL HELP INDIA, WAKE UP !. There were 96 replies, some exceptionally good - do read them too.