Committee Axes Pakistan Funding

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Supporters of hard line pro-Taliban party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Nazaryati (JUI-N) burn a US flag during an anti-US rally in Quetta on May 2, 2012 on the first anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden. Pakistan was in a state of high alert on May 2, over fears militants will launch revenge attacks on the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's killing by American Navy SEALs. The al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and 9/11 mastermind was killed on May 2, 2011 in a secret US Navy SEAL operation in a walled-off compound in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, north of the Pakistani capital. AFP PHOTO/BANARAS KHAN (Photo credit should read BANARAS KHAN/AFP/GettyImages) This photo taken on July 9, 2010 shows Pakistani doctor Shakil Afridi taken in Pakistani tribal area of Jamrud in Khyber region. Pakistani doctor Afridi, who helped the U. S. track down Osama bin Laden, was sentenced to 33 years in prison on Wednesday for conspiring against the state, officials said. (AP Photo/Qazi Rauf)

Capitol Hill sent a clear message to Pakistan on Thursday: oh no you didn’t. A Senate panel expressed outrage over the conviction of a doctor who helped U.S. intelligence locate Osama bin Laden, the panel voting to cut aid to Pakistan by $33 million. The amount was symbolic: $1 million for each of the 33 years that Shakil Afridi has been sentenced to prison for treason. The foreign-aid budget for Pakistan has also been cut in half, and officials threatened deeper slashes if Pakistan did not open on-the-ground routes for U.S. and NATO forces. “We need Pakistan, Pakistan needs us, but we don’t need Pakistan double-dealing and not seeing the justice in bringing bin Laden to an end,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham, who pushed for more cuts in aid.