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Graham seeks end to Afghan uplift aid

Graham seeks end to Afghan uplift aid

Feb 12, 2014 - 20:06

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): An influential lawmaker has demanded an end to US development assistance to Afghanistaninfo-icon if the administration of President Hamid Karzai freed 65 prisoners from the Bagram jail in Parwan province.

Senator Lindsey Graham, speaking at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, proposed the aid should be suspended until after the April 5 presidential election. “President Karzai has basically sidestepped his own rule of law.”

According to news website Bloomberg, lawmakers of both parties voiced disappointment with Karzai’s increasingly erratic behaviour and anti-American tirade.

Karzai could free the prisoners within two days despite objections from US and allied forces, believed the senator from South Carolina.  He has long been a supporter of the US role in Afghanistan.



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