Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari said that the United States is willing to provide Pakistan money to improve border security to fend off threats from across the Afghan border.
While talking to local media, the foreign minister stated that two influential senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, informed him that they had been given “funding in the 2023 budget to help us with border security” during his visit to the US Congress last week.
Bhutto stated that Senator Menendez chairs the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and that Senator Graham, a senior Republican, chairs the Senate Committee on Judiciary.
He remarked in response to a question regarding the US promise of assistance to enhance ties with India, “They never brought up India other than in public statements.”
Both India and Pakistan engaged in verbal combat last week during the foreign minister’s visit to the UN building in New York City over the occupation of Kashmir and other matters. Pakistan, according to Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, is “the center of terrorism” and “hosted Osama bin Laden.”
In response, Bilawal pointed out that while bin Laden was dead, “Modi lives and is India’s prime minister” and that he had previously been referred to as “the butcher of Gujarat.”