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US President Donald Trump proposes $336 million aid to Pakistan in annual budget plan

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  1. Maarkhoor

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    US President Donald Trump today unveiled a USD 4 trillion annual budget for the fiscal 2019 beginning October 1, proposing USD 256 million in civilian assistance and USD 80 million in military aid to Pakistan.

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    Washington: US President Donald Trump today unveiled a USD 4 trillion annual budget for the fiscal 2019 beginning October 1, proposing USD 256 million in civilian assistance and USD 80 million in military aid to Pakistan.

    The proposal of aid to Pakistan comes weeks after Trump administration suspended nearly USD 2 billion in security assistance to Islamabad due to its inability to take action against terrorist groups operating from its soil.

    The White House has said it would consider lifting the freeze if it sees action by Pakistan against terrorist groups.

    The budgetary proposal says that the military aid depends on Pakistan taking action against terrorist safe havens.
    "The budget requests USD 256 million for Pakistan in economic and other assistance to help increase stability, promote economic growth and create opportunities for US businesses," said the annual budgetary proposals sent by the White House to the Congress.

    "In addition, the Budget requests USD 80 million in Foreign Military Financing assistance to enhance Pakistan's counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency capabilities, contingent on Pakistan taking appropriate action to expand cooperation in areas where US-Pakistan interests converge and to address areas of divergence, in line with the administration's South Asia strategy," the White House said.

    The budget furthers the US goal of a stable and secure South Asia by supporting the Afghan government and security forces in their fight against the Taliban insurgents and jihadist terrorist organisations such as al-Qaeda and ISIS.

    It requests more than USD 5 billion for continued US training and assistance for the Afghan security forces and would enable US forces to conduct counter-terrorism operations to ensure that the region cannot be used by jihadist, terrorist groups to plot transnational attacks against the US homeland, citizens overseas, or allies and partners.

    "The budget also continues to include funding to support America's partnership with Pakistan," it said.

    The budget's more than USD 630 million for civilian assistance supports the President's new strategy to empower the people of Afghanistan to take ownership of their future, the White House said.

    In addition, the budget strengthens and sustains improvements in education, health, governance and other sectors that are essential for securing a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
    It also allows the US to honour the pledge made at the Brussels conference on Afghanistan, which anticipated gradually declining assistance levels, it added.
     
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    If Pakistan had any real leader and not some jokers and thugs, we could politely ask Mr. Trump to keep those 336 million for this trump tower. Pakistan can survive without it.
    When will Pakistani nation learn that no one respects beggars. Any money that US gives, it demands more. Why not for once tell them thanks but no thanks we dont need it. Keep money, aid everything aside, now talk on equal footing.
     
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    And we cry why Putin does not visit and provide weapons to Pakistan .

    This is the reason .
     
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    America will always need Pakistan in Afghanistan. They are also afraid of Pakistan getting too close to China. Either way, we only enter Pakistan based on invitation by a sovereign nation, we are not India.
     
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    so all that hot air was for nothing! :butcher:
     
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    US budget proposes $336m in civilian assistance, military aid to Pakistan
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    Published: February 13, 2018
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    US President Donald Trump on Monday unveiled a $4 trillion annual budget for the new fiscal year, proposing $256 million in civilian assistance and $80 million in military aid to Pakistan.

    The proposal of aid to Pakistan comes weeks after Trump administration suspended nearly $2 billion in security assistance to Islamabad. The White House has said it would consider lifting the freeze if it sees action by Pakistan against militant groups.

    The annual budgetary proposals sent by the White House to the Congress says the military aid depends on Pakistan taking action against terrorist safe havens.

    US confirms withholding $225 million military aid to Pakistan

    “The budget requests $256 million for Pakistan in economic and other assistance to help increase stability, promote economic growth and create opportunities for US businesses,” said the annual budgetary proposals sent by the White House to the Congress.

    “In addition, the budget requests $80 million in Foreign Military Financing assistance to enhance Pakistan’s counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency capabilities, contingent on Pakistan taking appropriate action to expand cooperation in areas where US-Pakistan interests converge and to address areas of divergence, in line with the administration’s South Asia strategy,” the White House said.

    US threatens to unveil anti-Pakistan actions

    The budget furthers the US goal of a stable and secure South Asia by supporting the Afghan government and security forces in their fight against the Taliban insurgents and militant organisations such as al Qaeda and Islamic State.

    It requests more than $5 billion for continued US training and assistance for the Afghan security forces and would enable US forces to conduct counter-terrorism operations to ensure that the region cannot be used by militant, terrorist groups to plot transnational attacks against the US homeland, citizens overseas, or allies and partners.

    “The budget also continues to include funding to support America’s partnership with Pakistan,” the proposal read.



    Earlier, the Pentagon unveiled a mammoth budget proposal for fiscal 2019 that would see a more than 10 per cent boost in spending and add thousands more troops across the US military services.

    US suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan

    The $686 billion spending plan – up from $612 billion in 2018 – is framed in the context of the Pentagon’s new national defense strategy, and comes in stark contrast to the State Department’s budget, which calls for steep cuts in spending on aid and diplomacy.

    Pentagon chief Jim Mattis has warned of a new “Great Power” competition with Russia and China and wants to increase the size of the military, introduce new ships and weapons, and improve readiness – all while operating across multiple theaters in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    “It is increasingly apparent that China and Russia want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian values and, in the process, replace the free and open order that has enabled global security and prosperity since World War II,” Pentagon comptroller David Norquist told reporters.

    “If unaddressed, the eroding US military advantage versus China and Russia could undermine our ability to deter aggression and coercion in key strategic regions.”

    Though the US spends more money on defense than the next eight militaries combined, Norquist said the 2019 budget request merely would put Pentagon spending back on track to where it would have been had the administration of Barack Obama not implemented strict spending caps.

    The budget from President Donald Trump’s administration calls for an additional 25,900 troops, as well as major investments in aircraft, ships, ground systems and missile defense.

    The State Department, meanwhile, published its own budget proposal for 2019 calling for deep cuts, though Congress has already dismissed the idea as a non-starter.

    Pakistan played key role in pushing al Qaeda closer to defeat: US

    In the case of the State Department and USAID, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson requested $37.8 billion, up only slightly from the $37.6 billion 2018 request.

    To this was added an extra $1.5 billion, in a separate addendum to reflect higher caps allowed under a recent Congressional budget deal, bringing the total request to $39.3 billion.

    In 2017, the last year of the previous US administration, the department spent $55.6 billion, so if Congress – which is working on a joint budget for 2018 and 2019 – had approved the 2018 request, it would have meant a more than 30 per cent cut.

    Instead, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle argued that such a draconian reduction would be dangerous, with US diplomats working on a number of international crises.

    Tillerson has commissioned a “re-design” of the State Department, despite resistance from career staff, and he is struggling to fill key senior posts.

    When last year’s authorization request was filed, Senator Bob Corker, the Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said even studying it would be a “waste of time.”

    Corker’s colleague Senator Lindsey Graham said the 2018 plan was “dead on arrival,” adding: “This budget destroys soft power, it puts our diplomats at risk and it’s going nowhere.”

    Although the top line figure remains around the same as the previous suggestion, Tillerson’s latest plan does move some funding around to take into account new US priorities.

    The budget line for “embassy security, construction and maintenance,” for example, increases from $1.42 billion in the 2018 plan to $1.66 billion in the 2019 draft.

    This comes as the White House pushes to accelerate implementation of its controversial decision to re-locate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
     
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    I think something like 3.5 $Bil is better...
     
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    this time we should accept nothing less than a Ford class carrier along with required F 35 jets and Escort + 3 Ohio class SSBN to fight war on terror
     
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    Never!
     
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    Unfortunately i agree.
     
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    no more
     
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    LOL @ aid.

    Most probably amount for paying transit fees, which americans have to pay to keep their trucks/containers rolling via Pakistani ports and roads.
     
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    We must reject all aid as much as possible
     
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