US Senate committee rules out aid to Pak unless it cracks down on Afghan militants

Washington, Sep 22(ANI): A United States Senate committee has voted to make economic and security aid to Pakistan conditional on its cooperation in fighting Afghan militants hiding in the country.

According to reports, lawmakers are incensed that Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden lived in Pakistan undetected.

The committee approved one billion dollars for the Pakistan Counterinsurgency Capability Fund, which was created in 2009 to help Pakistan's military develop counter-insurgency capabilities to fight militants within its borders.

However, it voted to make this aid, as well as any economic aid that is provided, conditional on Pakistan's cooperating with the US against Al-Qaida, the Haqqani network and other terrorist organizations.

The panel also took the unusual step of not specifying other assistance to Pakistan, the Nation reports.

"If the administration wants to provide zero, that would be OK with us," the newspaper quoted Republican Senator Mark Kirk, as saying. (ANI)