Pakistan claims U.S. aid bill not mutual agreement

08:38, October 09, 2009      

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Pakistan on Thursday claimed that Kerry-Lugar bill is neither mutual agreement nor negotiate document and accepting its all clauses is not mandatory.

Pakistani foreign officer spokesman Abdul Basit said in a weekly media briefing that acceptance of each term of Kerry-Lugar bill, a United States legislation which offers 1.5 billion U.S. dollars non-military aid annually to Pakistan over the next five years, is not must for Pakistan and national interests will be defended at any cost.

He said that the stance of Pakistani foreign office is not different from Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's stand on the issue.

Gilani Wednesday said that the Pakistani government is not bound to accept the strings attached to the Kerry-Lugar bill. He said that parliament is empowered to take the final decision on the matter.

The spokesman added that U.S. president could return back any bill to Senate.

According to a private TV channel, U.S. president Barack Obama has delayed signing Kerry-Lugar bill due to criticism from Pakistan's opposition and the army. However, the U.S. embassy to Pakistan said that Obama would sign the bill as per schedule.

Source: Xinhua
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