House Republican: Withhold aid until Pakistan proves it does not harbor terrorists

A House Republican called on Congress to withhold economic aid to Pakistan until its government proves that it had no knowledge of where Osama bin Laden was hiding.

On Tuesday, Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) said no money should be given to the country until there was no question about whether it was "in the business of harboring terrorists."

“While the death of bin Laden represents a historic victory in our fight against terrorism, it also raises serious concerns about Pakistan’s commitment and reliability as an ally in our fight against terrorism,” Buchanan said in a statement  “We should freeze all aid to Pakistan until we have assurances that the Pakistani government is not in the business of harboring terrorists.

“Now, more than ever, we need to know where Pakistan stands in the fight against terrorism across the globe,” Buchanan continued.

Bin Laden was found living in a compound in the wealthy area of Abbottabad, which is about 30 miles from the Pakistani capital Islamabad and home to many retired military offices, leading lawmakers to question whether the government was aware of his location.

On Tuesday House Homeland Security chairman Pete King (R-N.Y.) said someone in the Pakistani military or intelligence service "had to know" that bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan.

In 2009 the Obama administration authorized $1.5 billion in nonmilitary aid to Pakistan every year over the next five years.

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