Rep. Rohrabacher Offers Amendments to NDAA; Cuts off Aid to Pakistan Unless Dr. Afridi Released

Jun 11, 2013 Issues: Foreign Affairs

This week, as the House takes up the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act, Representative Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) plans to offer amendments that would prohibit military aid to Pakistan until Dr. Shakil Afridi, who helped the U.S. identify Osama bin Laden, is released from a Pakistani prison and to ensure American military equipment  is not being used to suppress the freedom of the Balochi and Singh people of Pakistan.

“Pakistan held a sham trial that put Dr. Afridi away for 33 years,” said Rohrabacher.  “He has been tortured and has already spent over two years of his life in prison.  Dr. Afridi is a hero and we shouldn’t be sending tax payer dollars to his jail keepers.

“There is no doubt whose side Pakistan’s leaders are on, their actions could not speak louder. Pakistan actively funds and directs terrorist organizations who murder American soldiers and civilians in Afghanistan and India. All Americans owe Dr. Afridi a debt of gratitude; it is time we honor that.” 

Rep. Rohrabacher is also offering an amendment that would  ensure  Pakistan is not using its military or any funds or equipment provided by the

United States to persecute minority groups for their legitimate and nonviolent political and religious beliefs, including the Balochi, Sindhi,

and Hazara ethnic groups and minority religious groups, including Christian, Hindu, and Ahmadiyya Muslim.

The United States has spent roughly $25 billion dollars on aid to Pakistan since 2001 and this year’s National Defense Authorization Act authorizes another $1.5 billion for Pakistan.

Rep. Rohrabacher is Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats.

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