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Lawmakers Angry with Pakistan Warn of Cuts in Aid

4:52 PM, May 17, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Republicans and Democrats in Congress have a warning for Pakistan. They say billions of dollars in U.S. aid could dry up if Pakistan doesn't step up its efforts against terrorists.

The United States has provided some $20 billion in aid to Pakistan since 2001.

At a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing today, the sourness toward Pakistan came from all political quarters. Democrat Ben Cardin of Maryland said there needs to be an assessment of whether Pakistan is, in fact, an ally and friend.

Republican Dick Lugar says Pakistan is going to have to do "much more than it has, to root out terrorists" within its borders.

Senators voiced frustration with Pakistan's failure to detect Osama bin Laden on an estate near a Pakistani military training academy.

Retired Gen. James Jones, President Barack Obama's former national security adviser, suggested the United States put conditions on further American aid.

Associated Press

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