‘Alert’ Pentagon closely monitoring situation in Pak

      The Pentagon has said that is it keeping a close watch on Pakistan ’s current situation, where the recent spate of terror attacks, particularly on security installations, has raised questions over Islamabad’s efforts to weed out extremism from the country’s soil. “ U.S. officials are alert to the recent violence in Pakistan and are watching the situation closely,” The Nation quoted Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman, as saying. The Pentagon has also decided to ramp up the delivery of military equipments to the Pakistan Army to fight militants, officials said. This direct military aid from the Pentagon would come on top of the equipment that Pakistan receives through normal foreign military sales overseen by the US State Department, officials added. The recent audacious terror attacks in Pakistan have increased problems for Washington , which is trying hard to ally the ‘anti-America’ feeling that persists in the troubled nation with President Barack Obama approving the Kerry-Lugar bill, which would offer 7.5 billion dollars to Islamabad as non-military aid over the next five years. Thursday’s ‘chained’ militant attacks in Lahore on three Pakistani security agency installations in, the Federal Investigation Agency headquarters, the Manawan Police Training Academy and the Elite Police Training Academy has once again raised international apprehensions regarding the safety of the country’s nuclear establishments.

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