No blanks checks to Pakistan: US

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Washington, May 6 (ANI): The United States has reiterated that it will not issue any blanks checks to Pakistan, and that it would be made accountable for all the financial aid it receives.

White House spokesperson Robert Gibbs said Islamabad must ensure that the financial assistance is being used exactly for carrying out operations for which it is earmarked, otherwise America will be forced to readjust its policies.

"The president has said on numerous occasions there shouldn't be and there won't be blank checks.The president supports the building in of accountability measures to ensure that we are making progress and if progress isn't made then we'll readjust our strategy," the Dawn quoted Gibbs, as saying.

The United States is on the heels of announcing a tripled civilian aid to Pakistan of 1.5 billion dollars per year over the next five years.

The Kerry-Lugar bill, which was introduced earlier this week, aims to reassure the Pakistanis that the United States would continue to work for the development and progress of their country.

It also has mention of setting-up of benchmarks for measuring the effectiveness of US assistance. (ANI)

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