US suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan

On Thursday, the United States said that it was suspending about $900 million dollars for the purpose of providing security help to Pakistan until it takes action against the Taliban of Afghanistan and the Haqqani network militant groups. The state department of the United States put forward this particular decision stating that the administration of Donald Trump was very frustrated that Pakistan has not done anything against the two particular groups.

Concerning these two groups, Washington says that they use sanctuaries in Pakistan for the launching of attacks to the neighboring country of Afghanistan that have resulted in the killing of the US-Afghan and other forces. The department, on the other hand, has declined to specify the exact amount of aid that would be suspended instead they mentioned that the numbers are still in process of calculation and that included funds from both the defense and state departments at the same time. A long time back Pakistan had rejected the accusations that it has failed in the tacking of the militants who are battling the government of Kabul and the foreign forces in Afghanistan that are led by the United States from the sanctuaries on its side of the border.

On Friday, Pakistan criticized the United States by saying that it is shifting goalposts and also said that the US suspension of aid was counterproductive. The officials of the United States said that the two main categories of aid are affected in this case. The first is the foreign military financing (FMF), which funds the purchases of US military hardware, services & training. The second is the coalition support funds (CSF), which reimburse Pakistan for all sorts of counter-terrorism operations. They said that there could be some exceptions in the funding of critical national security priorities of the United States.

Pentagon Spokesman Commander Patrick Evans said that the CSF funds fall under the authority of the Defense Department and are covered by the freeze and then he said that Congress authorized up to an amount of $900 million dollars for Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017 that had ended on the 30th of September. But he also stated that none of that money has been disbursed. Moreover, the freeze also covers $255 million dollars for the fiscal year 2016 which falls under the authority of the State Department whose suspension has already been announced.

August 21, 2018 - 07:52
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