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The US House of Representatives defeated a proposal on Thursday to prevent the Obama administration from waiving certain restrictions on aid to Pakistan deemed to be in the national security interest, The Hill reported.

Rep. Ted Poe’s (R-Texas) amendment to the $578 billion annual defense appropriations bill would block funds going toward Pakistan if it violates any conditions for aid. It failed on a vote of 114-318.

The bill contains a provision that no funds can be provided to Pakistan unless the State and Defense Departments certify it is cooperating with the US in counterterrorism efforts; not supporting terrorist activities against the US or coalition forces in Afghanistan; dismantling improvised explosive devices; preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons; issuing visas in a “timely manner” for US visitors; and working with humanitarian organizations to assist Pakistani civilians.

However, the State and Defense Departments can waive the restrictions on a case-by-case basis if they establish to Congress that providing aid to Pakistan is nonetheless vital to national security.

Poe maintained that the Pakistani government can’t be trusted, offering the circumstances of the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011 as an example.

“This amendment does one simple thing. It says you meet the conditions or you get no money from the United States,” Poe said.

But Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.), the chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee that authored the defense spending bill, said it would be counterproductive.

“We need the cooperation of the Pakistanis. If we don’t have any, we lose insight into the actions of those who would do our country harm,” Frelinghuysen said.

The House also rejected amendments to rescind funding for the train-and-equip programs for Syrian rebels and Iraqi forces to fight the Islamic State.

Final passage of the defense appropriations measure is expected Thursday, though it could potentially take place Friday depending on the number of amendments offered.

President Barack Obama signed an annual defense policy bill on December 19 that authorised US training for Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting Islamic State rebels and sets overall defense spending at nearly $578 billion, including about $64 billion for wars abroad.

The bill approves a Pentagon base budget of $496 billion, in line with Obama’s request, plus nearly $64 billion for conflicts abroad including the war in Afghanistan. It also authorizes $17.9 billion for Energy Department nuclear weapons work.

The measure formally endorses the Pentagon’s plan to vet, train and equip a moderate Syrian opposition military force to fight Islamic State rebels, defend the Syrian people and promote conditions for a negotiated end to Syria’s civil war.

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US House rejects imposing stricter limits on aid to Pakistan - The Express Tribune




So Basically, Pakistan has got 318 Reps on its side...with 114 being probably Indian paycheck earners. Interesting, since the US is about to have new elections......this is the time for Pakistan to get more goodies and cooperation. Indians must be dying hard.


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So Basically, Pakistan has got 318 Reps on its side...with 114 being probably Indian paycheck earners. Interesting, since the US is about to have new elections......this is the time for Pakistan to get more goodies and cooperation. Indians must be dying hard.

Pakistan remains a major non-NATO ally, and this latest political jugglery is merely one more step along a continuous process. Pakistan cannot rest on its laurels or feel complacent as Beltway politics are constantly changing. It is good, for now.
 

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Pakistan remains a major non-NATO ally, and this latest political jugglery is merely one more step along a continuous process. Pakistan cannot rest on its laurels or feel complacent as Beltway politics are constantly changing. It is good, for now.

Yes, but what is interesting is that a couple of years ago and after the OBL raid they stopped all aid altogether, then got some moving and imposed restrictions. Slowly, those were lifted too. and now a proposal to restrict aid and impose conditions has been rejected by a huge margin in the House. Previously, it was a close call. This too, during the democrat government. So interesting things i must say. The tragedy of Pakistan has been the incompetent skippers getting the sails adrift in the wind.
 

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Yes, but what is interesting is that a couple of years ago and after the OBL raid they stopped all aid altogether, then got some moving and imposed restrictions. Slowly, those were lifted too. and now a proposal to restrict aid and impose conditions has been rejected by a huge margin in the House. Previously, it was a close call. This too, during the democrat government. So interesting things i must say. The tragedy of Pakistan has been the incompetent skippers getting the sails adrift in the wind.

Yes, things have improved since they hit lows a few years ago. But then, international geopolitics is an ever-changing game. You are right that Pakistan has been adrift more than not, and that complicates matters greatly.
 

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Hi,

It had to happen-----. That is what I have stated many a times----what benefit did the U S get out of blasting Pakistan regarding Osama Bin Laden-----.

It was thoughtless---it was brainless---it was petty----it was senseless---it ever took into consideration of the consequences going into the future---.

The shortsightedness and stupidity of Pres Obama was very obvious---he should have clearly stated that it was all done with the help of Pakistan.

But then was this rascist----Leon Panetta----the guy is a Pakistan hater----.

The U S was lucky that on the other side were cowards like Gen Kiyani and Gen Pasha-------. Any other " media savvy " general would have plastered the U S over its lack of effort and technique Afghanistan and Iraq---the operational fcuk ups.

Pakistan should not have let it ride quietly----because the damage done on the public sector is irrevocable----even though at the govt level---they are back with each other.
 

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