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Senators move to slash requested aid to Pakistan by more than half.

Hafiz Saeed (second right), the head of banned charity Jamaat-ud-Dawa gestures as he sits with Maulana Sami ul-Haq (right) and others leaders of the Defense of Pakistan coalition raise hands in solidarity during a rally against the reopening of NATO supply to Afghanistan in Peshawar on April 15, 2012. Pakistan's insistence that no arms transit through its territory to Afghanistan is largely a gesture to quell domestic anti-US sentiment and will not hinder the resumption of NATO convoys, analysts say. Islamabad stopped NATO supplies travelling overland from its southern Karachi port to Afghanistan in November amid public outrage after 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed in a US air strike on a border post.

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