McCain: U.S. Aid To Pakistan Must Come With Strings Attached

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Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that the billions of dollars in U.S. aid to Pakistan must come with conditions, as he suggested oversight for funding for the Asian country following the recent developments in the region, The Associated Press reported.

According to the news outlet, McCain is the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, which helps to provide oversight for the money to Pakistan, and he noted that the country should show it is working to “prevent the needless deaths of young Americans.”

The comments from the Senator came as frustration is growing in Congress, due to the alleged connections between Pakistan’s intelligence outfit and anti-American insurgents, the AP reported.

According to the news outlet, the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan has become more strained since NATO airstrikes allegedly killed 24 Pakistani troops located on the Afghanistan border.

Pakistan’s Federal Finance Minister Dr. Abdul Hafeez Shaikh said that there has been no change in U.S. economic assistance, but noted that the country needs to limit foreign help to become more sustainable.

“We want to increase trade and investment with the world which is the only sustainable way to economic progress,” the minister said, reported The Express Tribune.

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