Washington: US Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, the chair and ranking members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, have said the US should not pay up to USD 5,000 per truck to Pakistan, which McCain termed as "extortion", to resume NATO supplies into Afghanistan through its territory.
"We can't look at aid in that light. It is now becoming a matter of principle," The News quoted senator McCain, as saying.
Senator Carl Levin said the US should not pay Pakistan fees anywhere near that level, the paper states.
The reactions from the Senators come in the wake of a New York Times report which stated that Pakistan wanted USD 5,000 for each truck that passed through its territory, whereas the fees paid prior to the Salala attack was about USD 250 per truck.
First Published: Thursday, May 24, 2012, 13:49