No change in aid bill: US tells Pak

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John Kerry
Washington, Oct 14: A top Senior US lawmaker has said that there are no conditions attached to the major aid bill that 'impinge' on Pakistan's sovereignty.

Senator John Kerry statements came after a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Speaking to reporters here, Kerry said, "There is nothing in this bill that impinges on Pakistani sovereignty - period, end of issue. And we have no intention of doing so."

"The bill doesn't have to be changed. If there is a misinterpretation, it simply has to be clarified," he said.

The bill, which Mr Kerry co-authored with Senator Richard Lugar, triples non-military aid to Pakistan to an annual outlay of $1.5bn for five years.

The US also has to certify that Pakistan is no longer supporting militant groups. The aid money will be spent on various development projects.

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