United States military to cancel over $300 million in aid to Pakistan

United States military to cancel over $300 million in aid to Pakistan

The Coalition Support Funds technically offer reimbursement to Pakistan's military for its operations against terrorists, of which army officials often lament a lack of recognition - particularly given a drastic reduction in terrorist attacks within Pakistan since a campaign launched in 2014.

The Pentagon said the US military made the decision "due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia strategy".

The Coalition Support Fund is meant to reimburse the Pakistani military for counterterrorism efforts.

Faulkner said the Pentagon aimed to spend the $300 million on "other urgent priorities" if approved by Congress. Faulkner $500 million in CSF was cancelled by Congress earlier this year, taking up the total funds withheld this year to $800 million.

Blaming the previous PML-N government of the current state of bilateral ties with the US, Qureshi said, "The last government had no engagement, no dialogue [with the US administration] ... in fact there was an nearly total breakdown of talks".

He said the USA in principle should pay back the money to Pakistan because it was spent for a common objective to defeat militancy and create peace and stability.

Some analysts warn there may be no real way to pressure Islamabad and say a suspension in aid could see the US lose crucial influence over Pakistan which will instead look to other countries for support, particularly its longtime ally China. "It was all our money that we spent and they were merely reimbursing it", Qureshi said at a news conference. We will try to improve bilateral ties between the two countries. "We will present our point of view to the U.S. diplomat", FM Qureshi told media persons at Foreign Office on Sunday.

"There was no mention at all in the conversation about terrorists operating in Pakistan".

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US President Donald Trump since assuming office has been tough on Pakistan over its inaction against terror groups, saying Washington has got "nothing but lies & deceit" in return for millions of dollars in aid over the years.

The Haqqani network is a militant group that focuses most of its activities on neighbouring Afghanistan, which has complained for years that Pakistan allows it to operate unimpeded from its soil across the border. "No more!" he had said.

Earlier, the United States has temporarily discontinued its financial aid.

The Trump administration made the decision to suspend the Coalition Support Fund earlier this year before a September 30 deadline and the Pentagon confirmed the decision this weekend.

"This is a predictable and unsurprising decision".

Pakistan has received more than $33 billion in USA assistance since 2002, including more than $14 billion in Coalition Support Funds. The Pentagon's decision showed that the US-which has sought to change Pakistan's approach-is increasing pressure on Pakistan. "Pakistan is now buying most of its defence equipment from China instead of the USA and that strategic partnership is upsetting Washington". There was little mention of the issue of terrorism in his maiden speech as the Pakistan Prime Minister.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis said earlier this week that in their discussions during their upcoming Islamabad visit, Pompeo and Dunford will make clear "what we have to do, all of our nations, in meeting our common foe, the terrorists".

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