Rohrabacher Initiates Effort to Block Weapons Sale to Pakistan
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Thursday introduced a “joint resolution” to express Congress’s disapproval of an arms deal with Pakistan that includes the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan. Earlier this month the Obama administration officially announced it would go through with the $700 million deal.
The California Republican, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, issued the following statement:
Today, I submit to the House of Representatives a Joint Resolution disapproving the sale of weapon systems to Pakistan. The Government of Pakistan has been using weapons from the Unites States to repress its own citizens and especially the people of Baluchistan. The deciding factor of whether to support this Joint Resolution is, for me, the arrogant and hostile actions taken by the Government of Pakistan against the man who helped bring Osama bin Laden to justice.
Osama bin Laden was a mass murderer of 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001. Anyone who helped bring him to justice is an American hero. The Government of Pakistan arrested Dr. Shakil Afridi and continues to hold him in a cage. That arrest was a declaration of hostility toward the United States. Our government should not provide military equipment to Pakistan, let alone F-16s, as long as they are holding Dr. Afridi. His continued incarceration is an action which underscores that the Government of Pakistan considers itself our enemy, not our friend.
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February 25, 2016