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A Pakistani soldier fires a machine gun mounted on a tank in Manatu mountain at the central part of Kurram Agency, Pakistan's tribal belt bordering Afghanistan, during an operation against militants – AFP.
The United States is holding back some military aid to Pakistan, President Barack Obama's chief of staff confirmed on Sunday, after a ‘New York Times’ report said $800 million was being withheld.
"They've taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we're giving to the military, and we're trying to work through that," William Daley told ABC's ‘This Week With Christiane Amanpour.’
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had warned last month that the United States could slow down US military aid to Pakistan unless it took unspecified steps to help the United States.
There has been increasing pressure in Washington on the Obama administration Washington, which provided $2.7 billion in security assistance last year to Islamabad, to hold back on aid.
Growing concerns over collusion with militant groups since it emerged in early May that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was hiding out in a garrison city near Islamabad has been compounded by recent accusations that Pakistan's intelligence services approved a journalist's killing.
Pakistan has already line up Chinese aid; but the million dollar question is 'can China pump-in billions of dollars, as US did'?
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