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Pakistan's reaction to United States Appropriation Bill

21 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday expressed disappointment on the bill signed by US President Barack Obama proposed to withhold $33 million from assistance on account of Dr Shakil Afridi's detention.

Foreign Office spokesperson in a statement said Dr Shakil Afridi, a citizen of Pakistan, is accused of having violated the country's laws. The spokesperson said Afridi's action also caused immense damage to the polio campaign in the country and his case is sub judice and he remains entitled to due process under the law.

The Foreign Office spokesperson further said consequently, any linkage of US assistance to this case is not in keeping with the spirit of cooperation between the two countries. The spokesperson said Pakistan and the United States are engaged in building a close, cooperative relationship, based on mutual respect and mutual interest.

"It is our hope that this process would continue to move forward in a constructive manner, she said. It may be mentioned that the Consolidated Appropriations Bill 2014, approved by US Congress, was signed into law by the US president on 17 January 2014. As an omnibus legislation, it contains respective Appropriation Bills for all Government Departments, including the Department of Defence and the Department of State.

The State Department will now undertake the process of making allocations, including those for Pakistan.

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