We figure out the real purpose of non-NATO status, anyone good debates?
Why US decided to choose Pakistan as being non-NATO ally? What we achieved so far almost ten years from today? Is non-NATO status helped to killed more Pakistani people themselves or more troubles for Pakistan? backstabbing us?
Pakistan now finds itself in the same exclusive club as such close American friends such as Israel and South Korea. US plans to upgrade relations with Pakistan were first announced by US Secretary of State Colin Powell during a visit to Pakistan in March. From the vantage point of domestic politics in Pakistan, Musharraf's "never say no" attitude toward the United States' demands regarding its global "war on terrorism"...Asia Times Online - The best news coverage from South Asia
US President George W. Bush rewarded Pakistan on Wednesday with "major non-NATO ally" status, tightening military cooperation as both countries jointly battle terrorism.
"I hereby designate the Islamic Republic of Pakistan as a major non-NATO ally of the United States for the purposes of the act and the Arms Export Control Act," Bush said in a statement released by the White House.
The decision, announced as the president made a rally-the-troops speech on Iraq here, means Pakistan is joining an exclusive club of countries that enjoy a privileged security relationship with the United States.
Major non-NATO allies, including Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Egypt, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea and Thailand, are granted significant benefits in the area of foreign aid and defense cooperation.
Major non-NATO allies are eligible for priority delivery of defense material and the purchase, for instance, of depleted uranium anti-tank rounds.
They can stockpile US military hardware, participate in defense research and development programs and benefit from a US government loan guarantee program, which backs up loans issued by private banks to finance arms exports. Bush makes Pakistan "major non-NATO ally"