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AID to Pakistan Has Not Been Cut: Facts about the 2012 Defense Authorization Act

Islamabad: There have been incorrect and unclear media reports that the U.S. Congress has “cut” $700 million in military aid to Pakistan. To clarify the issue, we offer the following important facts about the draft 2012 National Defense Authorization Act currently under consideration in the U.S. Congress.

The current draft of the Act does not “cut” $700 million in military aid to Pakistan. Rather, it includes a reporting requirement. In this instance, once the Secretary of Defense certifies that Pakistan is cooperating in our joint efforts to combat improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the funds will be released.

Assistance conditioned to reporting requirements is not new, nor are such reporting requirements specific to Pakistan. This is standard practice in nearly every country that receives U.S. military assistance.

For more information, contact:
Public Affairs Section
Embassy of the United States of America
Diplomatic Enclave, Ramna 5
Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +9251-208 0000
Fax: +9251-227 8607
E-mail: webmasterisb@state.gov

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