`Suspend US aid to Pak until it comes clean`

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 11:04

Washington: A powerful American senator has
demanded suspension USD 3 billion aid to Pakistan, until the country answers how Osama bin Laden was able to live so close to Islamabad and proves it stands by the US in war against
terror.

"The ability of Osama bin Laden to live in a compound
so close to Pakistan`s capital is astounding ? and we need to
understand who knew his location, when they knew it, and
whether Pakistani officials were helping to protect him,"
Senator Frank Lautenberg said.

Osama bin Laden was hiding in a one million dollar house
in Abbottabad, 120 km from Islamabad.

Lautenberg is a member of Senate Appropriations
Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations and Vice Chair of
the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security.
"The United States provides billions of dollars in
aid to Pakistan. Before we send another dime, we need to know
whether Pakistan truly stands with us in the fight against
terrorism.

"Until Congress and the American public are assured
that the Pakistani government is not shielding terrorists,
financial aid to Pakistan should be suspended," he said.
For FY 2012, President Barack Obama has requested almost
USD 3 billion in foreign assistance for Pakistan, including
USD 1.58 billion in funds for security related programmes and
USD 1.36 billion for economic and humanitarian aid.

"In addition, Pakistan could receive an additional USD 1
billion or more from the Department of Defence in Coalition
Support Funds to reimburse the Pakistani military," the
senator said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 11:04

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