Kaira admits that strings are attached with the Kerry-Lugar Bill

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Islamabad, Oct. 6 (ANI): Pakistan Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira has admitted that the American security aid promised under the Kerry-Lugar Bill has "some strings," but they are in line with government policies.

The Daily Times quoted him, as saying that the checks on the assistance promised for the armed forces were in line with the government's policies, as the government wanted a strong check on nuclear-proliferation and did not want Pakistani territory to be used to stage terrorist activities in foreign countries.

Kaira told the National Assembly that the legislation was framed after considering the aspirations and reservations of the American people.

"This is not binding on us. We have not made any agreement in this regard. The US can stop the security assistance if it is not satisfied with our performance," he added.

He, however, said that no strings were attached to the 1.5 billion-dollar civilian economic aid meant for the social sector. (ANI)

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