Washington: Seeking re-evaluation of massive US aid to Pakistan, a top lawmaker has said the assistance to "one of the most conflict-ridden regions", which runs into billions of dollars, is not only being used to target American interests but also to support extremist groups.
    
"To the extent that we are involved in Afghanistan, we also are involved in Pakistan. But we send billions of dollars to Pakistan only to see large sums of that money being used against American interests, funding the very same extremist groups that we are trying to eliminate," Congressman Alcee Hastings said in his speech on the floor of the US House of Representatives.
    
"A recent article in the New Yorker magazine noted that the Pakistani military submits expense claims every month to the United States embassy in Islamabad," he said.
    
No receipts are provided and none are even requested, the lawmaker said.
    
"We're sending money out of the door into one of the most conflict-ridden regions of the world without so much as an understanding of where that money is going, what exactly it is being used for, who in Pakistan is giving it to whom, and why someone is receiving it," Hastings, a Democrat, said.
    
"We know that the Pakistani military and intelligence community supports some of the extremist groups that are engaged against United States interests and which have committed acts of terrorism against civilians," he said.

"Mr Speaker, I come around to the point that we spend absolutely too much money on military and defence matters that we do not give half the same attention to debating as we do about cutting nutrition support, as is proposed for women, infants and children or financial aid to college students," Hastings argued during his speech.
    
Agreeing with Hastings, Republican Congressman Rich Nugent said: "We talk about the threat that the Taliban that are hiding in Pakistan pose to our troops in Afghanistan and
we talk about that every day.”
    
"We talk about the inaction of the Pakistani military and the ISI in particularly rooting out those that are killing more US troops in Afghanistan than anything else."
    
He said: "I would like to see more direct involvement as relates to Pakistan and their military on accountability issues that Hastings brought up, about the ability for us to make sure that if they're going to be allies in this fight against terrorism and particularly against the Taliban, that they truly are."

(Agencies)