After Suspending Military Aid, US Introduces Bill To Stop Non-Defence Aid To Pakistan

| February 6 , 2018 , 15:47 IST

A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Tuesday to end non-defence aid to Pakistan, as it "provides military aid and intelligence" to terrorists. The bill sought that the amount is redirected to infrastructure projects in the US instead.

Mark Sanford Congressmen from South Carolina and Thomas Massie from Kentucky, introduced the bill which says that the legislation will prohibit the US State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from sending American taxpayer money to Pakistan.

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The lawmakers alleged that Pakistan "knowingly" provides resources to terrorists.

Massie said the US should not funnel money to a government that "provides military aid and intelligence to terrorists". This "common-sense bill" puts America first by reallocating tax dollars to roads and bridges at home instead of funnelling money overseas, he added.

Sanford said, "When the American people support other nations, our generosity shouldn't be used to reward terrorists with US taxpayer dollars. Couple this with the fact that the Highway Trust Fund will be $111 billion short by 2026, and it simply makes financial sense to repurpose these funds for our infrastructure."

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Senator Rand Paul who introduced the companion legislation in the Senate, said, "Let's bring that money home and use it to help rebuild our infrastructure instead of giving it to a nation that persecutes Christians and imprisons people such as the doctor that helped us get Osama bin Laden."

The US, post 9/11, has provided nearly $34 billion in aid to Pakistan, including $526 million in 2017 alone.