US Senate panel approves $1 billion aid for Pakistan

The US Senate Appropriations Committee approved $1 billion aid for Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund, $100 million below Obama s request.It conditioned aid on Pakistan s cooperation against the Haqqani network, Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations, with some waivers.The foreign aid measure would either trim or impose limitations on U.S. aid to Pakistan, a reflection of the frustration among many lawmakers about an inconsistent ally in the U.S. confrontation with terrorists. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved the bill Wednesday on a 28-2 vote.The panel also took the unusual step of not specifying other assistance to Pakistan. – Dunyanews