A Senate panel expressed its outrage over Pakistan’s conviction of a doctor who helped the United States track down Osama bin Laden, voting to cut aid to Islamabad by US$33 million – $1 million for every year of the physician’s 33-year sentence for high treason.

The punitive move came on top of deep reductions the Appropriations Committee already had made to U.S. President Barack Obama’s budget request for Pakistan, a reflection of the growing congressional anger over its co-operation in combatting terrorism.