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Report: Administration Conditioning Aid to Pakistan Based on 'Secret Scorecard'

Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi (left) and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton deliver opening remarks at the beginning of strategic dialogue talks late last year.(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

photo of Sara Sorcher
August 15, 2011

The Obama administration is conditioning security assistance to Pakistan based on a “secret scorecard” of its cooperation with U.S. military and counterterrorism objectives, The Wall Street Journal reports.  

The White House has already promised to withhold about $800 million in annual aid to the country—a move that had considerable support on Capitol Hill after Osama bin Laden was killed in a garrison town not far from Islamabad in May. The review process, which has been in place since shortly after the raid, is based on “classified scorecards” that track Pakistan’s cooperation in four areas. While aid would depend on proof of Pakistan’s progress in these areas, there is no specific dollar value attached to each item, The Journal reports.

"The message is: You make progress in these areas, and we can release some of this assistance," a senior U.S. official told The Journal. "Give us something that we can show [Congress] that we're working together." 

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