Musharraf claims $10 billion given by US to Pakistan for fighting terror was a minisc


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On Jan. 16 Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former dictator, unsuccessfully defended his country’s record on combating terrorism in a lecture at Memorial Auditorium. Musharraf’s appearance was co-sponsored by the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies.

Musharraf claimed that Pakistan hasn’t received enough financial support or international credit in its fight against groups like al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Musharraf, who was forced to resigned his post in August under the threat of impeachment, was defensive about the money Pakistan received under his watch from Western countries in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He said the $10 billion contributed by the United States was a miniscule amount compared to the funds given to Afghanistan and Iraq.

“There is no misuse of these funds,” he claimed. “They are utilized. This is pittance for a country which is in the lead role to fight terrorism. We must get much more.” The US accused Pakistan for not doing enough on terror despite the money payed. US also accused Pakistan for overcharging and fudging records. At the same time, Afghanistan and Iraq have not been accused of such malpractices.

Fresh accusations that Pakistan is a safe haven for terrorists came after an attack late last year in India that left hundreds dead and injured. Indian authorities blame Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based militant group, for carrying out the mission.

“Why should we believe anything you said,” one student, who said he was from India, asked after ticking off a litany of accusations against Musharraf ranging from political corruption to assisting terrorists.

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