Both parties slam Pakistan as 'black hole' for US aid

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The comments come as relations between the United States and Pakistan hit a new low last year after Osama bin Laden was found hiding in plain sight in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad and a U.S. air strike mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Administration officials testifying at the hearing suggested cutting off aid would be short-sighted. 

“Our current discussions with the Pakistanis on how best to pursue our common interests will take time to resolve, and it's not easy right now to provide satisfying answers to some questions,” Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Daniel Feldman said in written testimony. “But we must not lose sight of the fact that both the United States and Pakistan have both expressed and demonstrated a genuine commitment to getting this relationship on firmer footing, and to working constructively on military, intelligence and economic cooperation.”

Feldman pointed to progress in trade ties between Pakistan and its neighbors India and Afghanistan as signs of progress. And he repeated President Obama's words after the death of bin Laden last May.

“The fact of the matter is, is that we've been able to kill more terrorists on Pakistani soil than just about any place else,” Obama said at the time. “We could not have done that without Pakistani cooperation.”