US lawmakers support aid suspension to Pak

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:14

Washington: US lawmakers have supported Obama Administration`s decision to suspend the USD-800 million military aid to Pakistan, terming it as something that was "long overdue".
"While it is important for us to maintain relations with Pakistan, the administration`s decision to temporarily
suspend roughly USD 800 million in military assistance, is the
right one," a member of the Senate Foreign Relations
Committee, Bob Corker, said.

Top US lawmakers have been demanding cut in the aid to
Pakistan alleging that Islamabad was a reluctant partner in
the war against terrorism.

"For far too long, Pakistan`s actions have been
inconsistent - to say the least - and the time is right for us
to engage in a sober conversation about our relationship and expectations," he said.

Corker said the US national security is greatly
affected by what happens in Southwest Asia, so the American
people need to be certain who they depend on for security and
intelligence cooperation in the fight against international
terrorists.

"With so many taxpayer resources at stake, this honest
re-evaluation and conversation is long overdue," said the
Senator from Tennessee.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 - 11:14

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