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WASHINGTON: The United States continues counterterrorism cooperation with Pakistan, the State Department said on Thursday but had no specific comment on a House of Representatives measure proposing $ 650 million cut in aid for the country in the next fiscal year.

The Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said that the Administration continues to consult Congress but had no particular comment on the ongoing legislative process.

“We obviously continue to support our Pakistani counterparts in key areas like counterterrorism,” he said.

The House passed legislation, proposing a cut down in security aid for Pakistan by $ 650 million. The measure will have to be passed by Senate for it to become effective.

The measure, if passed by both chambers on the Capitol Hill, would be applicable on US aid for Pakistan in the next 2013 fiscal year, which starts on October 1, 2012.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's diplomats, led by Ambassador Sherry Rehman, are    continuing their interaction with Congressional leaders to have a better understanding of Islamabad's position on various contentious issues.

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The Liberal
July 20, 2012 12:56 pm
Ok, lets have the full news.... U.S. House votes to cut aid to Pak by $650 mn “Pakistan is the ‘Benedict Arnold’ to America in the war on terror. They are disloyal, deceptive and a danger to the United States,” said Mr. Poe, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Benedict Arnold was an American general who defected to the British side during the Revolutionary War. “This so-called ally continues to take billions in U.S. aid, while funding the militants who attack us. And we’ve kept the money flowing. It’s time we turn off the tap,” Mr. Poe said. “By continuing to provide aid to Pakistan, we are funding the enemy, endangering Americans and undermining our efforts in the region. We don’t need to pay them to betray us; they are already doing it for free,” he said.
Shakti Attari
July 20, 2012 3:52 am
US House votes to cut $650 mn in Pakistan aid Last Updated: Friday, July 20, 2012, 09:07 0 Tags: Pakistan, Pakistan aid, US House Washington: The US House of Representatives has passed an amendment unanimously that cuts down USD 650 million in military aid to Pakistan as Republicans sought to tamp down demands for still deeper reductions. Congressman Ted Poe had demanded a USD 1.3 billion cut, but later settled for the 650 million cut. "Pakistan is the 'Benedict Arnold' to America in the war on terror. They are disloyal, deceptive and a danger to the United States," Poe, who had moved the amendment, said. "This so-called ally continues to take billions in US aid, while funding the militants who attack us. And we've kept the money flowing. It's time we turn off the tap," Poe said in a statement after the amendment was passed by the House of Representatives with bipartisan support. It will now go to Senate for apprival. "By continuing to provide aid to Pakistan, we are funding the enemy, endangering Americans and undermining our efforts in the region. We don't need to pay them to betray us; they are already doing it for free," said Poe, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The passage of the amendment comes at a fragile time for relations between the United States and Pakistan, which only recently overcame differences that led Pakistan closing down a critical supply route into Afghanistan that had cost the United States about USD 100 million in additional war costs.
RAW Agent
July 20, 2012 4:25 am
The headline of the post should be "US to cut 600Mn $ aid to Pakistan"
vbi
July 24, 2012 3:23 am
Perfect
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