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Pak can't use US funds for 'fighting India': Kerry

October 20, 2009 11:50 IST

US Senator John Kerry has said that the caveats associated with the Kerry-Lugar Bill were to ensure that Pakistan did not spend the aid money on arming to 'fight wars with India'.

During his brief visit to Pakistan, Kerry was asked to clarify the wording with regard to caveats associated with spending the KLB money on Pakistan's nuclear programme.

The News quoted the co-founder of the bill as saying, 'Pakistan is an independent country and it will spend $7.5 billion aid on its own but though it is the amount of US taxpayers' amount and, therefore, they and some US congressmen ask where the amount would be spent and Hillary Clinton would present report in this regard.'

On being asked whether his clarification had found acceptance in the power centres of Pakistan, Kerry said: 'As of today, it seems to me that the Pakistani leadership -- civil and military -- is on the same page.'
Source: ANI