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Pentagon has no plans to lift freeze on funds for Pakistan: report

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  1. Devil Soul

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    Pentagon has no plans to lift freeze on funds for Pakistan: report


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    US Secretary of Defence James Mattis called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi.-APP

    WASHIGTON: The payments to Pakistan under the Coalition Support Fund are still frozen and the US Defence Secretary who was recently in Pakistan has not yet decided to issue the mandatory certification.

    A spokesman for the Pentagon, Lt. Col. Michael Andrews, told Foreign Policy magazine that “Secretary Mattis has not yet made a decision on the certification required” by Congress to release the $400 million in counterterrorism funds for Pakistan in fiscal 2017.

    Another $650 million in payments that Pakistan would have received for the prior two fiscal years have already been “reprogrammed and are no longer available to Pakistan,” Andrews said.





























    Despite back to back visits of the top officials of Trump administration including Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary Defence James Mattis, Islamabad and Washington remain at ‘odds over Pakistan’s track record on countering militants near the Afghan border, and Washington has no plans to lift a freeze on a key reimbursement fund for the country, the report quoted U.S. and Pakistani officials as saying.

    Although in talks with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Mattis acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts in countering militants but added that Islamabad ‘must redouble its efforts to confront militants and terrorists operating within the country’.

    In July, Mattis suspended payments from the CSF, which the United States uses to reimburse countries for counterterrorism operations. The Pentagon said it would not resume payments until the defense secretary could certify that Islamabad had taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network and other militants who cross into Afghanistan from sanctuaries in Pakistan.

    The report further added: “The suspension may not be lifted for six months at the earliest, when fighting resumes in the summer months. U.S. officials say they will not be able to assess if Pakistan has made progress and fulfilled its promises to prevent the Haqqani militants from crossing into Afghanistan until then”.

    While the United States insists that the funds are tied to Islamabad’s support for counterterrorism operations, Pakistani officials continue to insist that payments should not be linked to specific conditions.

    “The Coalition Support Fund is an obligation the United States has, and it is for the United States to fulfill that obligation,” Pakistan’ s envoy to US Aizaz Chaudhry said. “It is reimbursement of the expenses. It’s not an aid package.”

    Chaudhry suggested that India’s involvement in Afghanistan is worthy of censure, not praise. “It is the use of Afghan soil to increase instability in Pakistan that hurts us.”
     
  2. Dalit

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    I hope the freeze is never lifted. This will hopefully force our leaders to rethink their dealing with Trumpland.

    It is reimbursement of the expenses.

    If the reimbursement includes the use of our supply routes this needs to be shut immediately.
     
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    Pakistan has no plans in partaking in more ill thought out American plans to fcuk up the world.

    Win win
     
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    They get supplies for free using ports and road network.
     
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    Is this confirmed? Do you have a source?
     
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    Why are they wasting money on hosting these morons
     
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    no conformation and no sources.
     
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    Well done
     
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    Where did you get this info from?

    If your claim is true about free usage of Pakistani ports and road network we just got totally owned by these Yanks. I doubt this is the case.
     
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    I got told by someone, lets just say I have faith in the person who told me.
     
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  11. Imran Khan

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    great news
     
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    My favorite quote:

    I just love government jargon. Only US government would use the word reprogram to say we spent the money elsewhere.
     
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  13. American Pakistani

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    Funny to see so many desperate slaves came in this thread to l1 CK their M@ $t 3R.

    @Topic, like another member said, Pakistan should heavily charge NATO and US supply covoys, who use Pakistani ports, Highways, security, etc. No free lunches.

    And I don't get it, why the PM and entire top officials are sitting with a low level US official? This slavery needs to end.
     
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    simple
    CSF is undocumented and unaudited money

    ask people who voted for PMLN

    nope, Pakistan has never claimed any compensation for infrastructure use

    there was a study done by NHA about losses of about 2 billion dollars but PM office closed that investigation and fired the NHA head for doing it

    doesnt matter, it smore the merrier situation
    even 350 million dollars of undocumented and unaudited money is enough for our polticians and generals
     
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