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  1. Devil Soul

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    CSF may not be possible beyond 2015: US
    BAQIR SAJJAD SYED — UPDATED about an hour ago

    ISLAMABAD: The United States has indicated to Pakistan that further extension in the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) beyond 2015 may not be possible.

    The issue about the future of CSF, according to a defence source, was discussed at the 23rd Defence Consultative Group Meeting (DCG)-Interim Progress Review (IPR) held at the defence ministry on Tuesday. Principal Deputy Secretary of Defence Ms Kelly Magsamen led the US delegation comprising officials of the defence and state departments.

    Under the CSF arrangement, the US reimbursed Pakistan for operations and maintenance costs incurred in direct support of its operations in Afghanistan. Since 2001, the US has reimbursed $13 billion to Pakistan, which is the largest recipient of the fund.

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    The arrangement was supposed to end with the completion of the drawdown in December 2014, but the US government through legislation extended the programme for another year. The extended programme, which came with extra conditions, allowed reimbursement of up to $1bn.

    At the DCG meeting Pakistan sought its further extension due to continuing challenges. Besides helping in meeting security expenses, the government has been using CSF inflows to narrow down current account deficit.

    A source said the US unwillingness to continue the programme was because of its changing priorities as it appeared more focused on the challenges posed by Middle Eastern terror group Daesh.

    Speaking at the forum, Defence Secretary retired Lt Gen Alam Khattak emphasised on the importance of Pakistan in the regional security and said: “Pakistan is at the frontline fighting for the stability of the region. … Pakistan’s armed forces are committed to flushing terrorists out of the area by continuing operation Zarb-i-Azb.”

    Pakistan, according to the source, needs sustained assistance for continuation of operations as well as rehabilitation of the displaced people. About two million people have been displaced because of counter-militancy operations and they are now being rehabilitated at a cost of Rs100bn.

    Rehabilitation of IDPs technically does not come under the activities mandated under the CSF, but Pakistani officials use this argument to strengthen their case for continuation of the programme.

    Pakistan had in 2014 lobbied for conversion of the CSF into a ‘Stability Support Fund’ after changing some of its parameters. The US administration initially looked convinced about the proposal, but it couldn’t materialise due to Pakistan government’s failure to pursue the matter at the political level. Additionally, the source said, the US needed to realise that Daesh was also posing a serious threat to this region.

    According to a defence ministry’s statement on the meeting, the US delegation agreed that Pakistan was a stabilising factor in the region following the drawdown of coalition forces and was contributing to efforts for peace in the region.

    It said the participants of the meeting were hopeful that “outstanding issues related to defence cooperation between USA and Pakistan” would soon be resolved. But the statement did not say what the outstanding issues were.

    Published in Dawn, August 12th, 2015
     
  2. Rajput_Pakistani

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    Afghanistan is getting into much worse situation then ever before.
    Derailment of dialogues has raised fears of Afghanistan getting into a bloody civil war again.
    Changing priorities???
    Wake up.. Uncle SAM..

    Daesh is in Afghanistan already. Could you for a single time in your history learn from your past mistakes? See what you have done to stable ME and now Afghanistan.

    And please question your adopted baby the Indians, who are responsible for derailment of talks. Why are they supporting Daesh in Afghanistan? Have anybody calculated the risks here?
     
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    Pakistan should never support US again .
     
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    That is not the point.
    Firstly, we had no choice, secondly, it was not all bad for us either. The thing is we must have worked wisely, used the funds in right places and kept preparing for the time when US will withdraw. The government was responsible to have lobbied for international support and strive to improve our international image via diplomatic relations and agressive foreign policy but sadly they were so busy in looting and playing politics with in the country they never were able to hire a foreign minister to begin with, screw the policy!!

    Now the time is upon us and we are ill prepared for that, thanks to the messed up policies and priorities of our leaders.
     
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    Pardon me but we had lost thousands of lives for their bloody WOT and you call it "NOT THAT BAD".
     
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    That is why i said, Firstly, we had no choice!!!

    Also stating that we have not gained anything from this is not true. The fact is, the war was forced upon us, we had no choice, we lost a lot and gain a little but ultimately it is the bad policies that are to leave us in a position we are in right now. US were bound to withdraw some day, we knew it when we were forced into the war so what we should have done was to maximize our gains and make appropriate decision to avoid the kind of situation we may face now as the CSF end. It is all about geo politics and lobbying in your favor.
     
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    Wtf...........
    India is nobody in this so called PEACE TALKS

    Why give cradit to India for all your failures:enjoy:
     
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    Come on don't dragg India into it. How can you ever think that we will side with Daesh when our supply lines crosses Iran ?? Use some brain before hitting keyboard. So bad US is again ditching you as you didn't take lessons from their past exploits of cold war's aftermath .Use and throw .

    Yes even non-nuclear Iran did reject them the route but your spineless Musshy succumbed. Not expected from general.
     
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    Mushy did the right thing. Low IQ bharatis might not understand it.
     
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    Its too late to say that now..... you made a pact withe the 'devil'.... supped with the 'devil'..... and now this is all that you can say....

    Have'nt you got it by now: enmity with US is dangerous.... and friendship with it is toxic.

    If you now back out; the CSF dole will also evaporate; Uncle Sam is getting distracted else-where, and the Taliban and whatever it might want to do, is anybody's guess..... given that the 'peace-talks' have stalled.
    You have no choice but to go with the US now, since the CPEC project is hostage to peace in Afghanistan.
    Think hard, even the US had to make peace with Iran; Real-Politik rules!
     
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    It's just the mohajir inside you ,who is speaking. Musshy just killed 60,000 of his own people to fight as missionary for paltry sum for someone's else cause. That doesn't sound like very intelligent job. It's so unbecoming of General .
     
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    You really thought they would renew the fund after talking with Iran. They will now say something like, "Your problem. Sort it out." And we all know how that is going to turn out.
     
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    Ahh well another era of this rather obnoxious relationship comes to an end. I hope we don't get sanctioned again lol.
     
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    Oh come, now how can i run my corner shop ( samne ki dukaan) :D
     
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    The scenario is changing faster than sand-dunes in a hard blowing khamseen.

    Leave the Americans aside, they have (as usual) bought a one-way ticket out of a problem, nothing new.

    But the biggest issue is the fallout of the stalled talks. That is leading to uncertainty, not to mention renewed bad-blood between Afghanistan and Pakistan. That will again simmer with sporadic boil-overs. This is the Chinese' biggest concern. They have already made investments in Afghanistan and were poised to make big ones in pakistan too; mainly in the the CPEC. The last thing they want is the cloud of militancy to hang over all that. Why do you think that they got actively involved in these peace parleys ?