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    Senate committee cuts Pakistan aid over conviction



    By DONNA CASSATA
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel expressed its outrage Thursday over Pakistan's conviction of a doctor who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden, cutting aid to Islamabad by $33 million — $1 million for every year of the physician's 33-year sentence for high treason.
    The punitive move came on top of deep reductions the Appropriations Committee had already made to President Barack Obama's budget request for Pakistan, a reflection of the growing congressional anger over its cooperation in combatting terrorism. The overall foreign aid budget for next year had slashed more than half of the proposed assistance and threatened further reductions if Islamabad fails to open overland supply routes to U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.


    Pushing aside any diplomatic talk, Republicans and Democrats criticized Pakistan one day after the conviction of Shakil Afridi. The doctor ran a vaccination program for the CIA to collect DNA and verify bin Laden's presence at the compound in Abbottabad where U.S. commandos found and killed the al-Qaida leader in May 2011.


    The United States has called for Afridi's release, arguing that he was acting in the interest of the United States and Pakistan.
    "We need Pakistan, Pakistan needs us, but we don't need Pakistan double-dealing and not seeing the justice in bringing Osama bin Laden to an end," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who pushed for the additional cut in aid.


    He called Pakistan "a schizophrenic ally," helping the United States at one turn, but then aiding the Haqqani network which has claimed responsibility for several attacks on Americans. The group also has ties to al-Qaida and the Taliban.


    "It's Alice in Wonderland at best," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt. "If this is cooperation, I'd hate like hell to see opposition."
    One of the most forceful statements came from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who also serves that the chairman of the Intelligence Committee. She pointed out that Pakistan has suffered at the hands of terrorists yet misconstrued what is treason in convicting Afridi. She also insisted that Afridi was not a spy.
    "This is a very sad day," she said.


    The committee approved Graham's amendment to cut the assistance by $33 million on a 30-0 vote.


    In crafting the overall legislation, the committee reduced Obama's request to aid Pakistan by 58 percent as resentment and doubts linger on Capitol Hill a year after bin Laden was killed deep inside Pakistan. Tensions between Washington and Islamabad have increased as Pakistan closed overland supply routes to Afghanistan after a U.S. attack on the Pakistani side of the border killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.


    The United States and Pakistan failed to resolve the issue at the recent NATO summit in Chicago.


    Members of the Senate committee also complained about mafia-style extortion by Pakistan in seeking truck fees in exchange for opening the supply lines. The cost had been $250 per truck prior to the attack. Pakistan is now demanding $5,000 per truck. The United States has countered at $500.


    The bill would provide just under $1 billion in aid to Pakistan, including $184 million for State Department operations and $800 million for foreign assistance. Counterinsurgency money for Pakistan would be limited to $50 million.


    The legislation also conditions the counterinsurgency aid on Pakistan reopening the supply routes.


    Islamabad won't get any of the funds for counterinsurgency or money in prior legislation unless the secretary of state certifies to the Appropriations committees that "the government of Pakistan has reopened overland cargo routes available to support United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organization troops in Afghanistan, and funds appropriated under this heading can be used efficiently and effectively by the end of the fiscal year," the legislation says
    If the secretary can't certify to Congress, the money would be transferred to other accounts.


    The overall legislation would fund the State Department, foreign operations and other programs at $52.1 billion, which is $2.6 billion less than what Obama requested for the 2013 fiscal year beginning Oct. 1 and $1.2 billion below current spending.
    The panel also cut money Obama proposed for Iraq by 77 percent, citing the deteriorating security situation there. The bill would provide $1.1 billion for Iraq, including $582 million in foreign assistance but no money for the police development program.
    The panel also cut $5 million from the $250 million in economic assistance for Egypt. Graham said it equaled the amount the U.S. spent to get non-government workers out earlier this year, including Sam LaHood, son of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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    ڈاکٹرشکيل - اور امریکی موقف


    محترم قارئين،


    ميں ڈاکٹر شکیل آفریدی کی سزا کے متعلق امريکی حکومت کی واضح موقف اور دلائل کو پيش کرنا چاہتا ہوں۔ امریکی حکومت اس بات پر پختہ یقین رکھتی ہے کہ ڈاکٹر شاہد آفریدی پر مبينہ غداری کے ان الزامات کے لئے کوئی بھی بنیاد نہيں ہے۔ کيونکہ جاسوسی اور دنیا سے دہشت گردی کی لعنت کو ختم کرنے کےليے دنيا کے سب سے زيادہ مطلوب دہشتگرد کو انصاف کے کٹہرے ميں لانے ميں بہت فرق ہے۔ مصنف بیکارميں دو مختلف چیزوں کو الجھارہا ہے جن کا آپس ميں کوئی تعلق بھی نہیں ہے۔


    يہ نوٹ کرنا ضروری ہے کہ دنیا میں کوئی بھی ملک کسی بھی غدار کو جو اس کی بنیادی قومی سلامتی کے مفادات کے خلاف ایک غیر ملکی ايجنسی کی حمایت کے ليۓ مجرم قرار پایا جاتا ہے اس کو معاف نہيں کرے گا۔ تاہم، ہم یہاں جاسوسی کے بارے میں کوئی بھی بات نہیں کر رہے ہیں۔ کيونکہ ہم دیکھتے کہ جو کچھ ڈاکٹر شاہد آفریدی نے کیا وہ غداری سے بہت دور ہے۔ ڈاکٹر شاہد آفریدی کو پاکستان پر نظر رکھنے اور جاسوسی کے لئے کبھی بھی نہیں کہا گیا تھا۔ اس نے صرف القاعدہ کے دہشت گرد گروہ کے رہنما کو تلاش کرنے میں مدد کی تھی جس نے پاکستان اور امریکہ کو خطرے ميں ڈال ديا تھا۔ کیا آپ اس امر پر يقين رکھتے ہيں کہ بن لادن کو بچانا پاکستان کے قومی مفاد ميں ہے؟ ہم يہ سمجھتے ہيں کہ ڈاکٹر آفريدی کے اقدامات کيوجہ سے ممکنہ طور پر پاکستان اور دنیا بھر ميں کئی معصوم زندگیوں کو بچانے ميں مدد ملی ہے جودوسری صورت میں يہ لوگ القاعدہ يا اسکے اکسائے ہوئے شکار دہشت گرد سرگرمیوں کا شکار ہوسکتے ہيں۔


    ہم اس کے لئے کوئی بھی جواز نہیں دیکھتے کہ اس کام کے ليے ڈاکٹر آفريدی کو سزا دی جائے جواقوام متحدہ کی سلامتی کونسل کی طرف سے کئی سالوں کے دوران ان منظور شدہ قانونی قراردادوں کے عين مطابق تھا۔ اس کے علاوہ ڈاکٹر آفريدی نے القاعدہ کے رہنما اسامہ بن لادن کو پکڑنے ميں امريکی حکومت کو مدد مہيا کی جس تنظيم کے راہنماؤں نے جولائی 2007 ء ميں پاکستان کی حکومت کے خلاف ایک عام جنگ کے اعلان کے بعد ہزاروں معصوم لوگوں کو ہلاک کیا ہے۔


    آخر میں، ميں دوہرانا چاہتا ہوں کہ ڈاکٹر شکيل آفریدی کے اقدامات نے نہ صرف انتہا پسندوں کے خلاف پاکستان کی اپنی جاری کوششوں میں حمایت کی ہے بلکہ دنیا کو ایک زیادہ محفوظ جگہ بنانے میں بھی ایک اہم کردار سرانجام ديا ہے۔


    ڈیجیٹل آؤٹ ریچ ٹیم، شعبہ امریکی وزارت خارجہ


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