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American lawmakers and experts called for cutting off aid to the country and listing it

as a state sponsoring terrorism.

A manipulative Pakistan, which supports terrorist elements has been treating the United
States like chumps, American lawmakers and experts have said while calling for cutting off
aid to the country and listing it as a state sponsoring terrorism.
They are making chumps out of us. They see us we are being so stupid. It seems like paying
the mafia, said Congressman Matt Salmon, Chairman of the Asia and Pacific Sub-committee
of House Foreign Affairs Committee.
If I may use an undiplomatic term. We have been patsies, former Bush era top diplomat
Zalmay Khalilzad told lawmakers along with others how Pakistani leadership had gamed the
American system for decades.
Patsies chumps. Most Americans see out of this and yet our so-called leaders do not really
get it, Salmon added.
Bill Roggio, senior editor of the Long War Journal Foundation for Defence of Democracies,
along with Khalilzad called for cutting aid to Pakistan and put them in the list of state sponsor
of terrorism.
At the end they are treating us like chumps. And we are more than willing to keep on
handing out money to Pakistan, Roggio said as he Khalilzad and other experts testified
before on Pakistan: A Friend of Foe in the Fight Against Terrorism, during a Congressional
hearing.
Pakistanis are very clever in manipulating us. I have to say that, said Khalilzad, sharing his
experience of dealing with the Pakistani leadership when he served in various diplomatic
position in the Bush era including the US ambassador to Afghanistan and the Permanent
Representative of the US to the UN.
They reach out to distinguished members of the Congress, they invite them for visits, they
charm them, they promise once again and they extract statements from us that
are surprising in the face of facts, he said.
Asked why the US continued with its same policy, Khalilzad said that Pakistani ability to
manipulate by their actions in part had been a factor.
My experience in dealing with Pakistan is that they will only give you something, when they
know that they are going to get something, the former top American diplomat said.
Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said the Pakistani government and the Saudi Arabia created
the Taliban and the Haqqani network.

Rohrabacher said the US aid giving to Pakistan was ridiculous.


People of Balochistan are being slaughtered by this corrupt oppressive regime. People of
Balochistan should understand that the US is on their side for their independence and selfdetermination from a corrupt, viscous terrorist supporting regime, Rohrabacher said.
Same with the Sindhis. Same with other groups in Pakistan. So we got a regime that murders
and represses and is corrupt with their own people and yet we still continue to give them
some type of support... absolutely absurd, Rohrabacher said during the Congressional
hearing.
Congressman William Keating ranking member of the subcommittee on terrorism, nonproliferation and Trade asked panelists if Islamic State was a state within a state.
It is by no means a rogue institution within Pakistan. It does not operate independently or on
its own. It is an instrument or an arm of the Pakistani army. It is implementing the policies of
the Pakistani army. It is implementing on behalf of the Pakistani Army, said Tricia Bacon,
Assistant Professor, AmericanUniversity.
Roggio said Inter-Services Intelligence is an arm of the Pakistani military. It is executing the
will of the Pakistani military, which is really the PakistaniState. The (elected) government is
just the face of the Pakistani military, Bacon said.
I concur with my colleagues, Khalilzad said.
Salmon said he personally believed that as the first step, the US should completely cut off aid
to Pakistan.
That would be the right first step. If we do not any changes, we move some of the other
suggestions, state sponsor terrorism, possible economic sanctions. I personally believe
we have the worst policy that we have and what we are doing is rewarding thugs, Salmon
said.