United States prepares to cut USD 100 million from union assistance fund for Pakistan: Official

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By PTI|Published: 25th May 2017 01:21 PM

A State Department contractor adjust a flag before a meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and Pakistan's Interior Minister Khan on the sidelines of the White House Summit on Countering Violent Extremism at the State Department in Washington

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration prepares to slash USD 100 million and offer USD 800 million as repayment to Pakistan in the next financial for its military assistance in combating fear, a defence department authorities stated.

The administration has actually proposed the USD 100 million cut in its yearly spending plan propositions under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), a Pentagon program to repay United States allies that have actually sustained expenses in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations. Pakistan is among the biggest receivers under the fund and has actually gotten USD 14 billion considering that 2002. However for the previous 2 years, the Congress has actually enforced conditions on disbursal of the fund.

“The FY 2018 budget plan proposition looks for USD 800 million in CSF for Pakistan. The CSF authority is not security help, however repayments to essential complying countries for logistical, military, and other assistance supplied to United States fight operations,” Adam Stump, Defence Department representative for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia informed PTI the other day.

For the 2016, Pakistan was authorised to get as much as USD 900 million under CSF. “The deputy secretary of defence signed the authorisation to pay out USD 550 million in 2016 union assistance fund to Pakistan for logistical, military, and other assistance supplied to the United States operations in Afghanistan for the duration of January-June 2015,” Stump stated. “The Department identifies the substantial sacrifices the Pakistan armed force has actually made in the battle versus terrorism, and values Pakistan’s ongoing assistance for transit of materiel to union forces in Afghanistan,” he stated.

“Disbursement of the staying USD 350 million needs the Secretary of Defence to accredit that Pakistan has actually taken enough action versus the Haqqani Network. The Secretary has actually not yet decided on accreditation,” Stump stated.

For the very first time in 2016, then Secretary of Defence Ashton Carter had actually decreased to accredit that Pakistan fulfilled the requirement, leading to the loss of USD 300 million fund to it. This quantity was reprogrammed by the Pentagon for Department of Defence’s Overseas Contingency Operations Funding, a 2nd defence department authorities stated.

In its newest spending plan, the Department of Defence has actually connected no conditions for dispensation of CSF to Pakistan. Nevertheless, it was just the Congress which enforces such stringent conditions on providing CSF loan to Pakistan.

Validating the have to offer such a substantial loan to Pakistan, the Pentagon stated Pakistan has actually worked as a crucial ally in operation ‘Enduring Freedom’ considering that 2001 and will continue to play an essential function in keeping stability in the area.

“Pakistan’s security requires frequently engage opponent forces, arrest and eliminate Taliban and al-Qaeda forces, and supply substantial assistance to United States forces running in Afghanistan. Pakistan continues to satisfy the opponent revolt and has actually made huge sacrifices in assistance of these operations,” it stated.

“The expenditures Pakistan sustains to perform operations versus al-Qaeda and Taliban forces consist of supplying logistical assistance for its forces, manning observation posts along the Afghanistan border, and carrying out maritime interdiction operations and battle air patrol,” the Pentagon stated.