Bahrain — President Ronald Reagan’s new administration has firmly endorsed Pakistan President Gen. Zia ul Haq’s recent referendum and offered Islamabad a military and economic aid package worth over $4 billion spread over the next three years.
Reports here said that Pakistan has asked Washington for a $6 billion aid and has presented a shopping list which includes a “hawkey’3 (spy in spy) radar surveillance aircraft.
They said that Gen. John Vassey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, led a planeload of senior Pentagon officials to Islamabad for a six day visit just a week before the referendum.
Quoting reliable sources in Islamabad and Washington, these reports said that the US accepts the referendum as sufficient proof for Gen. Zia’s long-term legitimacy.
“This will enable it to step up aid to the Afghan guerrillas, fighting the Soviets and involve Pakistan in gulf security,’’ these reports said.