US halts aid to some Pakistan military units

US-halts-aid-Pakistan-militaryWASHINGTON: The Obama administration is withholding assistance to some Pakistani military units over concerns they may have been involved in human rights abuses, including extrajudicial killings and torture, a senior US official said Thursday.

The official said aid to a handful of Pakistani units believed to have committed, encouraged or tolerated abuses had been suspended under 1997 legislation championed by Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy. The so-called Leahy Amendment bars US military assistance from going to foreign armed forces suspected of committing atrocities.

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