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US to Most Likely Cut Off Aid to Pakistan

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US to Most Likely Cut Off Aid to Pakistan

America’s Republican Senator, Rand Paul, called for complete withdrawal of financial aid to Pakistan until they release the doctor who aided American intelligence efforts that led U.S. forced to Osama bin Laden’s compound.

“I think we need to negotiate from a position of strength,” said Paul. “That’s the way I’d deal with them.”

Based on available data, America has granted 18 billion dollars in aid to Pakistan since September 11, 2001.

“I think we need to negotiate from a position of strength,” said Paul. “I don’t think the administration is standing up to Pakistan – giving them a billion dollars and saying please let him go instead of saying ‘you don’t get a penny until you let him go.’ That’s the way I’d deal with them.”

Paul said he would make all foreign aid contingent on the release of the imprisoned doctor

Since the past two years, Washington and Islamabad’s relationship has been marked with many ups and downs. The main root of the tension between the two is the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden and Nato air raids on Pakistani troops that killed several fighters.

The tension is mounting up now, as the doctor who helped the U.S. in their search for Osama is sentenced for 33 years of prison by Pakistan’s court.

Last week on Wednesday, Shakil Afridi was accused of national treason by a court in Pakistan to 33 years in prison and a fine of USD 3,500.

The Republican said that a draft granting American citizenship to Shakil Afridi will be provided to next week’s Senate meeting.

The senator stressed that Pakistan should realize that they have done wrong.

According to America’s constitution, the Senate has jurisdiction to make decisions regarding citizenships cases of individuals.



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