US slashes aid to Pakistan after doctors arrest

The Senate action reflected growing American anger over a month-long standoff and comes just after a NATO Summit in Chicago where Washington had hoped to reach a deal with Islamabad on supply routes.

hidden May 25, 2012 09:48:47 IST
US slashes aid to Pakistan after doctors arrest

Washington: Sounding a fresh warning to Pakistan, a key Senate panel has voted to slash American assistance to Islamabad by more than half, approving only $1 billion in aid for fiscal 2013 and warned of further cuts unless it reopens NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations, which passes the budget for the State Department, yesterday approved only $1 billion in assistance to Pakistan, slashing nearly $900 million from the aid that the country had been due to receive this year and next.

US slashes aid to Pakistan after doctors arrest

Reuters

The Senate action reflected growing American anger over a month-long standoff and comes just after a NATO Summit in Chicago where Washington had hoped to reach a deal with Islamabad on supply routes.

"The panel voted to cut aid to Pakistan by 58 percent in fiscal 2013 as lawmakers questioned Islamabad's commitment to fight against terrorism," said Republican Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Sub-Committee.

"We are not adding to the money in the pipeline, but we are going to basically take all of the money out of the pipeline if we can not get these routes open because we are not going to invest in a country that won't help us in a reasonable way to deal with threats to our forces in Afghanistan," the Senator told reporters after the vote.

In a statement, the sub-committee said the bill includes a total of $1 billion for Pakistan, $184 million was for Department of State operations, $800.3 million for foreign assistance, including $50 million for the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund.

Leahy said the bill totals $52.1 billion, which is $2.6 billion below the President's budget request, and $1.2 billion below the Fiscal Year 2012 level.

The full Appropriations Committee meets on Thursday to give its final approval to the bill.

PTI

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