Senate takes double hit at Pakistan aid

By Julian Pecquet and Jeremy Herb – 05/24/12 06:27 PM ET

 The Senate took a double whack at military aid for Pakistan on Thursday after a tribal court sentenced the doctor who helped find Osama bin Laden to 33 years in prison for treason.

Senate appropriators voted 30-0 to cut aid to Pakistan by $33 million – $1 million for each year of Shakil Afridi’s sentence. And the Senate Armed Services Committee fenced in $250 million in military aid until Pakistan reopens supply routes to Afghanistan to NATO traffic, ceases its support for Islamic militants and stops detaining citizens — a veiled reference to Afridi.

“That has frankly outraged all of us,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the top Republican on the committee. “It is our goal to make that sure this doctor is not sentenced to death — which is basically what he got — for helping us apprehend Osama bin Laden.”   Read More…