US Senate passes bill to increase Pakistan aid

US Senate passes bill to increase Pakistan aid
PTI
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First Published: Thu, Jun 25 2009. 11 39 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 25 2009. 11 39 AM IST
Washington: The US Senate unanimously passed a bill , called the Kerry-Lugar bill, which triples US aid to Islamabad. For the aid to be distributed it requires presidential certification that the Pakistan Army is making “concerted efforts” against Taliban forces.
The bill requires annual certification from the US President that the Pakistani security forces are “making concerted efforts to prevent the Taliban from using the territory of Pakistan as a sanctuary from which to launch attacks within Afghanistan.”
By doing so, the Kerry-Lugar bill, which is supported by the Obama Administration, indicates that its focus is on Afghanistan and appears to be mute on the terrorist attacks carried out by groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad across India.
The House version of the bill, which was passed on June 11, in its initial phases imposed conditions that Pakistani soil would not be used to launch any terrorist attack in India. This condition was removed after complaints from Islamabad and reservations were expressed by the Obama Administration.
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