WASHINGTON, July 10 The United States will
withhold some $800 million in military assistance to Pakistan,
the White House said on Sunday.
White House Chief of Staff William Daley told ABC's "This
Week" program that Pakistan had "taken some steps" that have
given the Obama administration "reason to pause" on aid."
Daley said the U.S. and Pakistan are trying to "work
through" issues as part of a complicated relationship, and
there remains "a lot of pain" in that political system
following the U.S. raid that killed Al Qaeda leader Osama bin
Laden in May.
"But the Pakistani relationship is difficult but it must be
made to work over time. But until we get through these
difficulties we will hold back some of the money that the
American taxpayers have committed to give them," he said.
(Reporting by John Crawley, Editing by Sandra Maler)