Clinton warns Pakistan to make the rich pay up

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 29, 2010 00:23

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning that the United States will set tougher conditions on nations receiving U.S. aid.

Singling out major aid recipient Pakistan, Clinton says the tighter scrutiny includes an expectation that rich foreigners will not skip out on their taxes while Americans bankroll programs their nations need.

Clinton's warning came Tuesday as she and other Cabinet officials described aid and development policies President Barack Obama announced last week.

She says Pakistan is drafting new tax policies under U.S. pressure. Until now, the wealthy landowners who comprise the country's political elite have typically paid little or no taxes.

U.S. nonmilitary aid to Pakistan is roughly $1.5 billion a year.


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