***PRESS RELEASE*** Rohrabacher to Pakistan: U.S. Will No Longer Fund Your Terrorism; Introduces Bill to Substract Foreign Aid
Washington, May 11 - Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) has introduced H.R. 5734, the “Pakistan Terrorism Accountability Act of 2012.” The legislation would require the Department of Defense to list all Americans killed by terrorist groups operating with impunity inside Pakistan and Afghanistan and supported by elements of the Pakistani government. For each person killed, $50 million would be subtracted from U.S. foreign assistance to Pakistan, a requested $2.2 billion, and given to the victim’s family.
“For too long America has funded the Pakistani government, giving it free money, while elements of the ISI and Pakistan’s military operate radical Islamic groups that are actively murdering Americans,” said Rohrabacher. “Americans will not accept this.”
“Pakistan has for decades leveraged radical terrorist groups to carry out attacks in India and Afghanistan,” continued Rohrabacher. “Pakistan helped to create the Taliban and Pakistan’s intelligence service hid Osama Bin Laden from the U.S. for years. Today, one of the most dangerous and sophisticated groups killing American troops in Afghanistan is the Haqqani Network, which is closely operated by the Pakistani government.”
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, has said the ISI directed the Haqqani Network to plan and conduct “the assault on our embassy [in September 2011] …We also have credible evidence that they were behind the June 28th attack against the Inter-Continental Hotel in Kabul.” Mullen has also said “the Haqqani network acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.”
Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee.