If there was ever a case of “with friends like these who needs enemies”—
A government official says a Pakistani doctor who helped the U.S. track down Usama bin Laden has been convicted of high treason and sentenced to 33 years in prison.
He also has to pay a fine or have another three and a half years added to his sentence.
Yesterday the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Relations voted to cut $900 million in aid to Pakistan. This was not in response to the imprisonment of Shakil Afridi. Pakistan has closed vital Afghanistan supply routes in protest of the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a NATO air attack.
“The panel voted to cut aid to Pakistan by 58 per cent in fiscal 2013 as lawmakers questioned Islamabad’s commitment to fight against terrorism,” said Republican Senator Patrick Leahy, the chairman of the Sub-Committee.
“We are not adding to the money in the pipeline, but we are going to basically take all of the money out of the pipeline if we can not get these routes open because we are not going to invest in a country that won’t help us in a reasonable way to deal with threats to our forces in Afghanistan,” the Senator told reporters after the vote.
President Obama characteristically executed one of his gutsy moves. He left Pakistan off a thank you list.