Dempsey supports Senate decision to cut some US aid to Pak
A top Pentagon official on Monday backed recent decisions by two key Senate panels to cut US aid to Pakistan following the 33 years of sentencing of a doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.
Washington: A top Pentagon official on Monday backed recent decisions by two key Senate panels to cut US aid to Pakistan following the 33 years of sentencing of a doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad.
"Yeah, I support their - I think that choices should result in consequences. And I think, the Senate acted appropriately," Gen Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the NBC news channel in an interview.
Dempsey was responding to a question if he supports the Senate`s decision last week to withdraw some funding for Pakistan over the conviction of Shakil Afridi.
However, he responded in negative when asked if the relationship with Pakistan, has it ever been worse than it is right now.
"Well, not in my experience. Of course, the things you just described continue to be a significant disappointment to us. But we`re trying to work through that. Pakistan is an important country in the region and globally. And so we need to work through the relationship," Dempsey said.
Last week, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations had voted to slash American assistance to Islamabad by more than half, approving only USD 1 billion in aid for fiscal 2013 and warned of further cuts unless it reopens NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.
A day later, the Senate Appropriations Committee had voted unanimously to cut aid to Pakistan by USD 33 million, or USD 1 million for each of the doctor`s 33-year prison sentence.