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Won't give military aid to Pak as it did not act against Haqqani network: US

REUTERS
Published : Jul 21, 2017, 9:15 pm IST
Updated : Jul 21, 2017, 9:18 pm IST

The Pentagon's decision came ahead of the Trump administration's review of US policy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Defence Secretary said he wasn't able to certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient actions against Haqqani Network to permit full reimbursement of FY 2016 Coalition Support Funds. (Photo: Representational/AP)
 Defence Secretary said he wasn't able to certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient actions against Haqqani Network to permit full reimbursement of FY 2016 Coalition Support Funds. (Photo: Representational/AP)

Washington: The Pentagon will not make the remaining military reimbursements to Pakistan for fiscal year 2016 after US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress Islamabad had not taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network, a US official said on Friday.

"The funds could not be released to the Government of Pakistan at this time because the secretary could not certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network per the requirement in the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act," Adam Stump, a Pentagon spokesman said.

The decision comes as President Donald Trump's administration is exploring potentially hardening its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on militants launching strikes in neighboring Afghanistan.

"This decision does not prejudge the conclusions of the White House review of South Asia strategy, which is still ongoing," Stump said.

Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade, with US officials frustrated by what they term Islamabad's unwillingness to act against Islamist groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

This is not the first time the Pentagon has decided not to make military reimbursements. Last year, the Pentagon withheld $300 million in reimbursements.

Pakistan has been reimbursed $550 million of the $900 million the country was authorised to receive in fiscal year 2016.

Out of remainder, $300 million had already been reprogrammed for other purposes, but had not been previously reported. Mattis' latest decision affects the remaining $50 million.

The amount is under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), a US Defense Department program to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations.

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