US lawmakers: Aid to Pakistan threatened

February 9, 2011 01:04

WASHINGTON — Two top members of the House Armed Services Committee said Tuesday that US aid to Pakistan is in jeopardy if the country fails to release an American Embassy employee who shot and killed two Pakistanis.

Republican congressmen Howard "Buck" McKeon and John Kline said they met with Pakistani officials during a trip there and made clear there would be repercussions if the American were not released.

McKeon, the committee chairman, said that, as the House considers various spending bills, efforts could be made to cut funds for Pakistan.

The American, identified as Raymond Davis, shot two men on Jan. 27 in the eastern city of Lahore. Pakistani officials say Davis' fate is up to courts in Punjab province, while provincial officials say the federal government must decide.

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