The bill will also restrict financial assistance to Pakistan. Members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations unanimously approved the legislation. The bill will provide money for the next budget, beginning Oct 1, and is $8.6 billion less than the current amount.
The bill would require the administration to certify to Congress that Islamabad is cooperating in the fight before the aid can be provided. Republican Rep. Kay Granger, subcommittee chairwoman, said Congress wants to account for every dollar invested in Pakistan. The full committee will consider later in this regard.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hilary Clinton written a letter to House Foreign Affairs Committee, and condemned the House panel aid cut to Pakistan. She said that the US aid cut to Pakistan could affect the Pakistani efforts in war on terror.