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US bill delinks LeT from Haqqani network

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  1. HAIDER

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    WASHINGTON: The US Congress has removed a provision from the National Defence Authorisation Act 2018 that would have required the US Secretary of Defence to certify that Pakistan has taken steps to “significantly disrupt” the activities of both Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and the Haqqani network.

    The new version has confined this requirement to the Haqqani network only, indicating a desire in Washington to focus entirely on Afghanistan as long as it takes to subdue the Taliban insurgency there.

    While the United States considers LeT a terrorist organisation, it also realises that the group’s main focus is Kashmir, not Afghanistan. Linking LeT to the Haqqani network, however, creates an impression that the US not only wants Pakistan to help it win the war against the Taliban but also wants it to change Islamabad’s position on Kashmir.

    Since it already considers LeT a terrorist organisation, Washington will continue to ask Islamabad to stop the group from carrying out attacks inside India. But by delinking it from the Haqqani network, US policymakers are sending a message to Islamabad, that fighting the Haqqani network is their first priority.

    This distinction is clearly underlined in a congressional document, the `conference’ version of the National Defence Act 2018. As part of the US legislative process, the House of Representatives and the Senate present their separate versions of a bill and then they go into a`conference’ to remove the differences between the two versions.

    This joint version places the following additional limitation on reimbursements to Pakistan from the US Coalition Support Fund (CSF): Of the total amount of $700 million of reimbursements and support authorised for Pakistan during fiscal year 2018, $350m shall not be available unless the Secretary of Defence issues a certificate to the congressional defence committees.

    His certificate should say that Pakistan continues to conduct military operations that are contributing to significantly disrupting the safe havens, fundraising and recruiting efforts, and freedom of movement of the Haqqani network in Pakistan.

    1. Pakistan has taken steps to demonstrate its commitment to prevent the Haqqani network from using any Pakistan territory as a safe haven and for fundraising and recruiting efforts.

    2. Pakistan is making an attempt to actively coordinate with Afghanistan to restrict the movement of militants, such as the Haqqani network, along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border; and Pakistan has shown progress in arresting and prosecuting senior leaders and mid-level operatives of the Haqqani network.
    The House receded with an amendment that would have required the Secretary of Defence to issue a similar certification about LeT.

    The conferees, however, expressed concern about the alleged persecution of groups seeking political or religious freedom in Pakistan, including the Baloch, Sindhi, and Hazara ethnic groups, as well as religious groups, including Christian, Hindu, and Ahmadi.

    The conferees urged the Secretary of Defence to ensure that Pakistan is not using any assistance provided by the US to persecute minority groups.

    In addition, the conferees authorised reimbursement of Pakistan for security activities along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, including providing training and equipment for the Frontier Corps, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

    However, the conferees expressed concern that Pakistan continues to delay or deny visas for US personnel that could assist with the provision of such training.

    Given this situation, the conferees recommended that the US Department of Defence condition reimbursements for training and equipment with appropriate access by the US personnel.

    The House bill contained a provision that would state that it is the sense of Congress that Dr Shakil Afridi is an international hero and that the government of Pakistan should release him immediately from prison.

    The Senate amendment contained no similar provision and the House recedes.

    The conferees noted the contributions of Dr Afridi to efforts to locate Osama bin Laden, and said that they “remain concerned about Dr Afridi’s continuing incarceration,” and urged the government of Pakistan to “release him immediately”.

    Published in Dawn, November 14th, 2017
     
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    LeT is not much of a threat now.
    The real issue is JeM.
     
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    Yes,JeM has taken the place of LeT in Kashmir Valley,from thousands of recruits at its peak,it barely has 100-150 armed terrorists now
     
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    Lol...nice.
     
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    Not a big fan of these rogue "Laskars" and "Jaish" and Jamaats who are always more loyal to Saudi Arabia then Pakistan and do more harm then good(if any at all) but US should keep Afghanistan and Kashmir separate if it wants any success and engagement with Pakistan.
    Don't mess with sensitive regional issues like Kashmir in a region where you are already messed up bad.
     
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    US realized own interests and denied pleasing India for non relevant issues. Indeed, a victory.
     
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    Shree Modi needs to buy more American Weapons .
     
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    American Fatwa is here

    LoL
     
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    Sorry, but you are wrong. Pakistan has tried to link Kashmir with Afghanistan, only for the US to reject it.

    https://www.khaleejtimes.com/intern...-pakistan-for-linking-afghan-peace-to-kashmir

    And Pakistan wants US to pressure India on Kashmir, but so far has refused.
     
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    Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen Joseph Dunford will arrive in Islamabad early next week.



    WASHINGTON: The US Department of Defence persuaded Congress to drop a provision that linked reimbursements to Pakistan with a demonstrable action against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), diplomatic sources and media reports said.

    The move came days before the visits of two senior most US defence officials to Islamabad — Defence Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen Joseph Dunford.

    Gen Dunford, who arrives in Islamabad early next week, will hold extensive talks with the country’s military leadership. Secretary Mattis, who arrives on Dec 3 for a day, will hold the final talks.

    On Thursday, Congress passed a bill, which includes $700 million for Pakistan reimbursement for deploying forces along the Pak-Afghan border, but withheld half the amount. To receive the withheld amount, Pakistan has to take demonstrable action against the Haqqani network, which Washington says still has hideouts in Fata and uses them for launching attacks inside Afghanistan.

    An earlier version of the National Defence Authorisation Act, 2018 had named two militant groups — the Haqqani network and LeT. But the final bill only mentioned the Haqqani network. Lashkar was taken off the list.

    Quoting sources in the Senate and House armed services committees, US and Indian media reported on Sunday that the Pentagon played a key role in removing LeT from the list.

    One report claimed that in their meetings with members of the two committees, Pentagon officials insisted that curbing the Haqqani network “must remain the top priority and adding LeT was like shifting the goal post for Pakistan”.

    The report said that while the omission disappointed the Indian government, it was satisfied with the overall US policy of reducing its assistance to Pakistan.

    The condition for releasing the withheld amount requires the US secretary of defence to certify that Pakistan has taken the suggested “demonstrable action” against the proscribed group.

    Since 2016, when this condition was first attached to the bill, Pakistan has lost about $750 million in Coalition Support Fund, which is used for reimbursing Islamabad.

    Diplomatic sources in Washington point out that the Pentagon’s decision to use its influence to remove LeT from the list showed Washington’s desire to keep Pakistan on its side.

    Despite their disappointment with Islamabad’s alleged refusal to take on the Haqqani network, policy makers in Washington see Pakistan as key state in a very sensitive region. They point out that Pakistan is a nation of more than 200 million people with a large middle class, which has nuclear weapons as well.

    They also acknowledge that the country provides the shortest land route for supplying US forces in Afghanistan.

    Published in Dawn, November 20th, 2017


    https://www.dawn.com/news/1371608/pentagon-persuades-congress-to-delink-let-from-haqqani-network
     
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    lol Sam getting back on track.
     
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    LeT is just a meme and a joke now, they failed to carry out a single major attack in past 3 years.

    Anyways it doesn't even matter as US Defence secretary will never certify that Pakistan acted against Haqqani and Pakistan will never get the remaining $350 million.
     
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    More of the same carrot and stick by Uncle Sam at the behest of India. Pakistan is not a NATO ally, why does it continue to accept such humiliation and scolding ?
     
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    i agree, LeT is not threat and bharati are glorifying them for their own interests, the truth is you guys lose more people in gutter cleaning then so called terrorism, Bharat is not victim of terrorism but other humanitarian and civil issues...

    That's not the point, as long as they are passing $ bill for Pakistan instead of sanctions, we are fine, these $700 million wont bring any revolution in Pakistan. its reimbursement not aid.
     
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    This flag represents Russia , and they know what they are doing:enjoy:
     
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