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Pakistani Diplomat: Soon, U.S. Aid Shouldn't Need To Come With Conditions

Congress is about to OK a tripling of non-military aid to Pakistan, bringing the amount to $1.5 billion a year through 2014.

Earlier, All Things Considered's Robert Siegel asked Pakistan's ambassador to the U.S., Husain Haqqani, about the conditions that have been attached to that aid — most notably, that the secretary of State must certify every six months that Pakistan is helping in the war on terrorism. Haqqani says frequent recertification and conditions are not good, but that he believes it won't be long before his nation proves there's no longer any need for them:

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