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Pakistani Parliament Debates Kerry Lugar Bill

Pakistan Link, Posted: Oct 14, 2009

ISLAMABAD -- The Kerry Lugar Senate Bill, an attempt to strengthen Pakistan's civilian institutions through financial assistance, is being hotly debated in Pakistan reports Pakistan Link newspaper. The conditions attached to the aid are being viewed by some as an attack on Pakistan's sovereignty. Geo TV reports that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is in the United States to convey the views of Pakistan's political leaders to their American counterparts. Pakistani politician Faisal Raza Abidi hailed the role of Pakistan's army in fighting terrorism. Many Pakistanis view the Kerry Lugar bill as trying to strengthen the role of civilian authorities at the expense of the military. Pakistan's minister of state for foreign affairs said during a debate on the bill in parliament that the government would not compromise on the country's integrity. Senator Abidi said that the fact that the bill was being debated in a transparent manner in the parliament was itself an unusual thing as compared to the past.

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