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U.S. aid freeze move against Pakistan "not based on facts": spokesman


08:27, December 16, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan Thursday rejected U.S. notion for freeze of its 700 million U.S. dollars civilian aid and said the move of the Congress is not based on facts and takes a narrow view of the overall situation.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved freezes of 700 million U.S. dollars in aid to Pakistan until the country offers greater assurances to Washington to contain the spread of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).

"We believe that the move in the Congress is not based on facts and takes a narrow view of the overall situation," Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Abdul Basit said.

"Hence, wrong conclusions are unavoidable," the spokesman told weekly press briefng.

He said Pakistan in the process of reviewing its terms of engagement with the United States, NATO and ISAF in their entirety. "The issue of Pakistan's sovereignty, let me emphasize the issue of Pakistan's sovereignty, is non-negotiable," Abdul Basit said.

The United States says that Pakistan has failed to stop exports of IEDs to Afghanistan, which are used to target American and foreign forces.

Abdul Basit, while commenting on the statement of U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta that Pakistan must stop infiltration of militants into Afghanistan, said Pakistan cannot be blamed for situation in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan cannot be held responsible for the weaknesses and loopholes on the other side of the border. For the policy of hammer and anvil to be effective, it is important that necessary measures are to be taken on the Afghanistan," the Pakistani spokesman said.

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