The United States House of Representatives yesterday passed a resolution, which will see American military aid to Pakistan cut by as much as $650 million. The measure was proposed by Lloyd “Ted” Poe, the Republican representative from Texas’s 2nd congressional district. The measure was unanimously approved in the House, with all the Democrat and Republican representatives voting for it. It will be now sent to the United States Senate for its approval.

In his speech, Poe claimed that Pakistan is a disloyal, deceptive and dangerous ally of the US. He accused Pakistan of diverting millions of dollars of American military aid towards various militant groups operating in the region. According to him, the US is effectively funding the militant groups to wage war against the American forces in the region. He claimed that the American military aid is not only funding the enemy, it is also endangering the lives of American servicemen. Poe is currently serving in the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The U.S. State Department spokesman, Patrick Ventrell refused to comment on the latest development and said that he doesn’t have any reaction to the measure proposed by Poe. He said that the US will continue its cooperation with Pakistan in the fields of counterterrorism.

The new proposal couldn’t have come at a more crucial time, as Pakistan had recently allowed NATO trucks to travel through the Southern Distribution Network (SDN), a vital supply route for the bases of International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. The closure of the route in 2011 had cost the American forces some $100 in extra expenses.

The US is one of the primary donors of foreign aid to Pakistan. For the 10 year period from 2002 to 2011, the US had provided the South Asian nation with $11.74 billion in military aid and $6.08 billion in financial aid. The military aid for this year is likely to stagnate around $1 billion following the latest measure.

8 COMMENTS

  1. We may increase the cost of border security expenses at Pak-Afghan Borders and the cut of aid may be taken back as charges from Coalition Support Fund. We have already suffered a lot and we are not in a position to further face the consequences of Afghan War any more.
    SMIQBAL

  2. Good now perhaps Pakistan can move forward in better governance and formulate policy in taxation and self reliance!

  3. The people heading pakistan are idiots,people with no brains.if america had cut fundings then block the supplies to nato and help afghan taliban to kill american murderers

  4. Pakistan is heading toward disaster. People from top to bottom from all walks of life are mentally corrupt. There is a proverb “Excess of every thing is bad”

  5. WICKED CUNNING LIAR FLIRT HYPOCRITE LEADERSHIP OF USA NEVER GONNA BE FRIENDLY EVER TO PAKISTAN TILL THEY DON’T START RELYING ON CHINA NOT AMERICAN PUBLIC BUT THEIR CONGRESS PENTAGON REALLY A PLACE OF DISASTERS FOR THE REST OF NATIONS SPECIALLY MUSLIM COUNTRIES.

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