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US senators vote to tie Pak aid to supply routes

A US Senate panel voted cuts in aid to Pakistan on Tuesday and threatened to withhold even more cash if Islamabad does not reopen its supply routes for NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, reflecting American frustration over a months-long standoff.
The action by the Senate appropriations subcommittee on foreign aid followed a weekend NATO summit in Chicago at which Washington had hoped to reach a deal with Islamabad to end the supply line dispute.
Pakistan closed the supply routes through its territory to Afghanistan in protest when US aircraft killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border last November. NATO has been seeking to compensate via expanded shipments of war supplies via Afghanistan’s other neighbors but those routes are more expensive.
The Senate panel voted to cut aid to Pakistan by 58 percent in fiscal 2013 from the request by the administration of President Barack Obama, said the panel’s chairman, Senator Patrick Leahy, who like Obama is a Democrat.
The senators voted $1 billion for Pakistan, including $800 million in foreign aid. However, funding for the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund was limited to just $50 million, and that money was tied to the supply lines’ reopening, said Senator Lindsey Graham, the panel’s top Republican.
“We’re not going to be giving money to an ally that won’t be an ally,” Graham told reporters.
The counterinsurgency fund was established several years ago to help train and equip Pakistan’s military.
The panel’s spending blueprint must still be approved by the full Senate and the House of Representatives before it can become law. But criticism of Pakistan in Congress and demands for a complete aid cutoff have been growing, especially after Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. forces in a Pakistani city a little more than a year ago.
Pakistan has been one of the leading recipients of US foreign aid and in recent years. US lawmakers have approved more than $20 billion in aid and reimbursements since 2001.
The administration suspended $800 million in aid for Pakistan’s military last year but American officials have suggested the aid could be restored if Pakistan would display more commitment to counter-terrorism operations.



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5 Comments

  1. Jean Verlander said:

    Our troops are suffering by the none delivery of essential items to Afghanistan (British). It is sad that Pakistani Troops were killed and I am sorry, the Americans have killed many of our troops over the years (friendly fire). I feel that Britain should STOP ALL AID to Pakistan as well.

  2. Manish Narang said:

    No routes No Aid money. Not to mention, India, Russia will have free reign in the rebuilding of Afghanistan. US doesn't need the Pakistani route as exemplified by NATO opening Northern supply route via Russia. Bit expensive but Superpower can deal with it. Pakistan without US Aid, Can't.

  3. Hazrat Wali Kakar said:

    it is need of time to open the NATO supply because we are also equal partner and affects of terror since 9/11.that's why we also want to see Taliban defeated with irony which we can not do it.i think it is only option to co-opreate with NATO in encountering and defeating the terrorist and extremist Taliban in Afghanistan and as well in our beloved country Pakistan.

  4. Kamran Hassan said:

    WASHINGTON – A US Senate panel voted cuts in aid to Pakistan on Tuesday and threatened to withhold even more cash if Islamabad does not reopen its supply routes for NATO soldiers in Afghanistan, reflecting American frustration over a months-long standoff.

  5. Zeeshan said:

    Jean, It is very sad for such comments by a Britain person. At least you people must advocate & acknowledge the feelings of Pakistan as we have a very long and historical relation with Britain. British Govt know all the ground realities about subcontinent, at-least you people must support us. You people know we (Pakistani) support all NATO Allies without considering its affects, just only for our Afghan brothers and their stability. It is on only humiliation of Pakistanis but also human beings. Why US president did not apologies upon our loss of Great Soldiers. Even a word of SORRY become did not deserved by these Pakistani. We dnt care about US Aid or British financial Support, It would not affects common people of Pakistan as we already not getting any support from you even from our own Govt. Pakistanis are great, if today US leaders or officials made heartily condolence to our loss, in response Pakistanis will never ask for a single US $ for transit.

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