US Senate panel cuts Pakistan aid over Afridi's conviction
[Dawn] A Senate panel expressed its outrage Thursday over Pakistain's conviction of a doctor who helped the United States track down the late Osama bin Laden
... who doesn't live anywhere anymore...
, cutting aid to Islamabad by $33 million, $1 million for every year of the physician's 33-year sentence for high treason.
The punitive move came on top of deep reductions the Appropriations Committee had already made to President Barack Obama
I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money...
's budget request for Pakistain, a reflection of the growing congressional anger over its cooperation in combatting terrorism.
The overall foreign aid budget for next year had slashed more than half of the proposed assistance and threatened further reductions if Islamabad fails to open overland supply routes to US and NATO
...the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. A collection of multinational and multilingual and multicultural armed forces, all of differing capabilities, working toward a common goal by pulling in different directions...
forces in Afghanistan.
Pushing aside any diplomatic talk, Republicans and Democrats criticized Pakistain one day after the conviction of Shakil Afridi.
The doctor ran a vaccination program for the CIA to collect DNA and verify bin Laden's presence at the compound in Abbottabad
... A pleasant city located only 30 convenient miles from Islamabad. The city is noted for its nice weather and good schools. It is the site of Pakistain's military academy, which was within comfortable walking distance of the residence of the late Osama bin Laden....
where US commandos found and killed the al Qaeda leader in May 2011.
The United States has called for Afridi's release, arguing that he was acting in the interest of the United States and Pakistain.
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