Pakistan's ex-president criticizes loss of US aid

July 11, 2011 - 8:14 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf (muh-SHAH'-rah) says the White House's suspension of $800 million in U.S. aid to the Pakistani military is not in the best interest of either country.

Musharraf spoke Monday evening at Rice University in Houston. He says a weakened Pakistan would be hampered fighting terrorism.

President Barack Obama's chief of staff, William Daley, confirmed over the weekend the aid is being withheld until frayed relations between the two nations are repaired.

Musharraf took over in a military coup in 1999 and quit in 2008 amid prolonged protests and election losses for his supporters. He has been on the college speaking circuit while living in London and Dubai but has said he wants to return to Pakistani politics next year.