Foreign Office says aid bill against US-Pak interests

December 20th, 2007 - 1:17 pm ICT by admin  

Islamabad, Dec 20 (ANI): Foreign Office authorities have expressed concern over the linking of annual US aid to Pakistans performance in the war against terror and its progress in implementing democratic reforms.
“Placing conditions will not serve the interests of Pak-US relations, which are important for peace, stability and progress in the South Asian region,” Foreign Office spokesman, Muhammad Sadiq, said.
Pakistani officials have informed US officials and Congress members that they should avoid placing any conditions, he said.
Sadiq said that the bill passed by the House was not the end, but the beginning of a process that would go through several steps.
The US House of Representatives adopted a bill on Monday that conditioned US assistance to Pakistan to Pakistans commitment to fight al Qaeda and the Taliban and progress in democratic reforms.
Sadiq also said that the British High Commission (BHC) was in contact with the Interior Ministry to examine terror suspect Rashid Raufs escape from police custody.
He said the inquiry report on the suspected terrorists escape had been prepared and its findings would likely to be made public soon.
Sadiq said that Islamabad had received a request from the Commonwealth to send observers for the January 8 polls, adding that it had not yet decided to allow it.
The Daily Times quoted Sadiq as saying that Afghan President Hamid Karzai would pay a goodwill visit to Pakistan on December 26 and 27. (ANI)

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