This is long overdue. The only problem with it is that probably the money will go through eventually. A freeze is not what it should be: a cancellation.
“US Congress freezes $700 million in aid for Pakistan,” by Lillian Rizzo for Global Post, December 13 (thanks to Kenneth):
A US Congressional panel froze $700 million in aid to Pakistan until the country gives assurances it is joining the fight against the spread of homemade bombs in the region, Reuters reported.
The Pakistanis, surprise of surprises, claimed victim status and issued threats:
The latest move by the United States may only further hurt ties with Pakistan and contribute to the growing sense of anti-Americanism in the population, a senior Pakistani official told NBC News. The relationship between the two counties suffered greatly in May when US forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan….
Still, the freeze in aid, which is a part of a defense bill expected to be passed by Congress later this week, could cause further cuts, the BBC reported. The US has given about $20 billion in security and economic aid to Pakistan since 2001, mostly in the form of reimbursements for assistance in fighting militants. Congress says Islamabad has not only failed to act against the militant groups, it has actively provided help to them in some cases, the BBC reported.
After news of the US cut in aid, members of the Pakistani government immediately said this will further hurt the relationship between the US and Pakistan….
Nothing hurts that relationship more than the Pakistani involvement in the global jihad, but as always, that remains unstated.