Pakistan to comply to certain conditions to secure US military aid

Published: May 14, 2016
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State Department official says Obama administration wants Islamabad to act against Haqqani network. PHOTO: REUTERS

State Department official says Obama administration wants Islamabad to act against Haqqani network. PHOTO: REUTERS

Vital members of the US Congress are not prepared to support military aid to Pakistan unless it takes specific actions against designated terrorists and the Obama administration is bound to follow their decision, US State Department has said.

“Key members of Congress have been clear they’re not prepared to support US military aid to Pakistan absent some specific actions,” Elizabeth Trudeau, a State Department’s official, said at a daily press briefing on Thursday.

In response to the question, Trudeau pointed out that the Obama administration also wanted Pakistan to act against the Haqqani network.

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United States has already conveyed its views on the Haqqani network to Pakistan and the country knows what to do, the official added.

“Pakistan has spoken that they will not discriminate against groups. We could encourage them to continue to live up to that,” she said in response to a question on whether the US was willing to certify that Pakistan is taking enough action against Haqqani Network.

Trudeau further said that the Obama administration was committed to working with Congress to deliver security assistance to its partners and allies for furthering the US goals by building capacity to meet shared security challenges.

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The statement coincided with Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz telling the lawmakers in Senate that the relations between Islamabad and Washington have been on a downward spiral over the past three months.

“While we have already secured approval for the [F-16s] sale, the funding issue is still being discussed as the US Congress has turned down the [Barack Obama] administration’s proposal for using the [Foreign Military Financing] FMF facility on this count,” Aziz said while delivering a policy statement in the upper house of parliament on Thursday.

Last week, the State Department had asked Pakistan to fund the whole purchase of US F-16 fighter jets on its own.  “Given Congressional objections, we have told the Pakistanis that they should put forward national funds for that purpose,” spokesperson John Kirby told a weekly press briefing.

Previously, Islamabad was supposed to pay only $270 million while the Obama administration was to pay $430 million in subsidy through the US foreign military financing budget for the fighter jets.

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However, during a Congressional hearing, US lawmakers made it clear that they would not allow the Obama administration to use American funds for the deal. The decision to stop the subsidy came last week after hearing of a subcommittee on Asia and Pacific of the US Congress Committee on Foreign Affairs.

At the hearing, US lawmakers had accused Pakistan of not doing enough to fight militants and expressed concerns that the jets could be used against India while also raising objections to using American taxpayers’ money to fund the sale.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Sid
    May 14, 2016 - 2:35PM

    Checkmate Pakistan. You act against Haqqani and you invite the wrath of Taliban. You not take action, you will loose USA military hardware. Apparently the impact of your nuclear threat is fading away in global community.Recommend

  • ali
    May 14, 2016 - 3:12PM

    Seen many times that US fickles as a friend. Recommend

  • Bilal
    May 14, 2016 - 3:45PM

    I dont understand one thing. Why cant Pakistan get advanced jets from China? There is something very fishy here. Wont the Chinese sell them or is Pakistan expected to pay the full cost that might not suit it?Recommend

  • mirestan
    May 14, 2016 - 4:39PM

    USA needs Pakistan or Pakistan cannot survive without USA. simple question.Recommend

  • SKChadha
    May 14, 2016 - 5:27PM

    @Bilal: JF 17 is powered by Klimov RD-33 Turbofan Russian Engine used in MiG 29s. China is not supposed to supply them to third nation without Russian approval. The frame alone doesn’t fly?Recommend

  • G. Din
    May 14, 2016 - 6:21PM

    @Bilal:
    “… is Pakistan expected to pay the full cost that might not suit it?”
    BINGO!Recommend

  • Z
    May 14, 2016 - 6:31PM

    @Bilal
    Probably because Chinese jets aren’t as “advanced” compared to their American counterparts. Trust me I’m an Engineer :)Recommend

  • blabla
    May 14, 2016 - 6:34PM

    USA has a problem of alienating friends USA is blocking all the support & pushing Pak to join China .Thanks for doing it Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 14, 2016 - 6:40PM

    @Bilal:
    Which advanced jets are you talking about? JF-17? The ones which China doesn’t even want to recruit into its own military?Recommend

  • Rahul
    May 14, 2016 - 6:44PM

    @Z:
    “Probably because Chinese jets aren’t as “advanced” compared to their American counterparts. Trust me I’m an Engineer :)”

    Trust you because you are an engineer? Then why did you say “probably”? Aren’t you sure about it engineer sahib?Recommend

  • scotchpak
    May 14, 2016 - 7:22PM

    mach 5 missiles +jf17 will suffice- AND its good for our economy -creates jobsRecommend

  • curious2
    May 14, 2016 - 7:39PM

    The USA has asked Pakistan to honor it’s public statements and treat all terrorist as “bad guys” — and somehow the USA is considered untrustworthy? What’s wrong with this picture?Recommend

  • Mostly Bull
    May 14, 2016 - 7:46PM

    @ Rahul: *Trust you because you are an engineer? Then why did you say “probably”? Aren’t you sure about it engineer sahib?

    Mate, please the post before running off with your mouth; the ‘probably’ refers to the chinese jets and not to his reference about his qualification.

    Elsewhere, its business as usual with Begistan going about its work with priority on panhandling; good luck with that particularly in china; it just removed the c and e from cpec.Recommend

  • It's (still) Economy Stupid
    May 14, 2016 - 8:37PM

    Let’s interpret the same data differently. If Pakistan gets F-16 subsidized by US Military funds than there will be no commission for the middle man. In the end Pakistan will purchase these same F-16 at full price with commission diverted to number of Panama based companies.Recommend

  • sterry
    May 14, 2016 - 9:08PM

    @Sid: Pakistan needs to get the US to fund a border barrier between Afghanistan and Pakistan so there is only controlled movement back and forth between Pak and Afghanistan. This is in Pakistan’s best interests to stop incursion of Indian agents and Afghan agents working for India. If US can build a fence to keep out illegal Mexicans, it should have no problem with Pakistan doing the same. It will also prevent anyone like Haqqani going to Afghanistan so it is win win for everyone.Recommend

  • Shah
    May 14, 2016 - 9:52PM

    Pakistan needs to voice at all forums how it has lost 300 billion dollars because of siding with USA and loss of 60 thousand lives
    USA should pay for it and bring it to all discussions and forums
    There is no need to be apologetic for a country who has lost this much
    Ideally USA should be paying for all this
    But likely USA will not be paying as they are getting out the theater and they want to see continuos infighting
    It’s Trump thinking which has seeped into the mindset .Recommend

  • Tom
    May 14, 2016 - 11:01PM

    @SKChadha:
    Those engines are used in Mig-21, not Mig-29 Bro.Recommend

  • Barry
    May 15, 2016 - 7:11AM

    @Bilal:

    \Chinese jets?

    perhaps, before making such a purchase, you should check Chinese quality first. Then Pakistan should get to know Chinese corruptionRecommend

  • Barry
    May 15, 2016 - 7:15AM

    @Shah:
    1.
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    Shah

    9 hours ago

    Reply

    Pakistan needs to voice at all forums how it has lost 300 billion dollars because of siding with USA and loss of 60 thousand lives
    ….
    The best international forum is The Economikst – anyone and everyone can take part
    Pakistan will not be able to stand the heat of real TransparencyRecommend

  • SKChadha
    May 15, 2016 - 8:10AM

    @Tom: Sir, MiG 21 is powered by advanced R-25 engine. The Chinese copycat of it, J-7 was being manufactured by China under USSR licence since 1961 which is powered by old WP-7F (J-7E) Chinese engine. Pakistan is currently the largest redundant F-7s flier outside China. Recommend

  • Pakistani
    May 15, 2016 - 8:45AM

    Pakistani people has to pay the price of what the establishment pursuits the very wrong policy against terrorism. Recommend

  • Aleem
    May 17, 2016 - 11:36PM

    @Rahul:

    Do the Russians fly the MKI? No they don’t so what kind of idiotic logic are you applying to the JF-17 not being in use by the Chinese? It was an aircraft designed for Pakistan. The Chinese already had a bigger aircraft in the form of J-10 and also the J-11 so for them JF-17 was redundant. For Pakistan it is not. It is a great platform that simplifies our fleet significantly.

    The JF-17 works pretty darn good, but Pakistan also wants to make sure that it gets close to Western tech. At the end of the day, we can fight a war with JF-17s quite well, sanctioned F-16s don’t allow us that benefit. We rather have a mixed force structure. However barring that the JF-17 will be used to the hilt.

    The reality is that JF-17 is the best thing that has happened to the PAF. Given the American reluctance, Pakistan should invest heavily in getting a new AESA radar and other sensors on it.Recommend

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