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Pakistan Says Cutting Aid May Further Complicate Relations With US

The United States' attempt to cut Pakistan's military or civilian aid may lead to further complications in the relations between the two countries, Pakistan's interior minister said Thursday. Ahsan Iqbal was responding to a question from VOA's Urdu service regarding a bill introduced Tuesday in the U.S. House of Representatives to end nondefense aid to Pakistan. Representatives Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, and Thomas Massie, a Republican from Kentucky, introduced the legislation to prohibit nondefense aid to Pakistan, saying "Pakistan is a country that knowingly provides resources for terrorists." "The United States should not funnel money to a government that provides military aid and intelligence to terrorists," said Massie. Pakistan denies this charge and counters by saying it has paid a heavy price for fighting against terrorists. Iqbal also asserted that the United States is not giving much to Pakistan in the first place. "Right now, Pakistan is...

 

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