President Obama will sign a bill providing Pakistan USD 7.5 billion in economic aid this week after Congress issues a statement designed to placate Pakistanis' objections that conditions attached to the legislation violate their sovereignty, US and Pakistani officials said. Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who hailed the aid package as a "strong signal" of US support on a visit to Washington just last week, was sent back from Islamabad on an emergency mission after Pakistan's military and opposition leaders criticized the bill as insulting and patronizing. (Washington Post)

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