U.S. quietly gives Pakistan $1.6 billion in aid that was suspended after conflict over bin Laden raid and drone strikes
After becoming enraged with the U.S. over the raid that killed Osama bin Laden and drone strikes against jihadists, Pakistan has now reaffirmed its commitment to fighting against jihad groups and pledged to root jihadi sympathizers out of its government. What’s that? It hasn’t done either of those things? And we’re giving them the money? Well, that’s fine. After all, what could possibly go wrong?
“US quietly releasing $1.6B in Pakistan assistance,” by Bradley Klapper for the Associated Press, October 19 (thanks to Lookmann):
WASHINGTON (AP) “” The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers.
Officials and congressional aides said ties have improved enough to allow the money to flow again.
American and NATO supply routes to Afghanistan are open. Controversial U.S. drone strikes are down. The U.S. and Pakistan recently announced the restart of their “strategic dialogue” after a long pause. Pakistan’s new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, is traveling to Washington for talks this coming week with President Barack Obama….