US Congress imposes strict conditions on aid to Pakistan

Published: May 20, 2016
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NDAA passed which increase period for reimbursement till December 2017.

NDAA passed which increase period for reimbursement till December 2017.

WASHINGTON: The US House of Represen­tatives on Thursday voted to pass a bill that subjects reimbursements and support to Pakistan worth $450 million to strict certification requirements.

The House voted 277-147 in favour of passing the National Defence Authorisation Act 2017.

Pursuing Haqqani Network: US urges Pakistan to ‘match words with actions’

While extending the period of reimbursing $900 million to Pakistan by 15 months from September 2016 to December 2017, but also extends the period requiring Secretary of Defense to notify US Congress prior to making any reimbursement under the Coalition Support Fund.

Further the bill removed the option of a national security waiver for aid worth $450 million (out of the $900 million) if the Secretary of Defense certifies that Islamabad is conducting military operations against the Haqqani Network in North Waziristan, and demonstrates commitment to preventing the Haqqani Network from using the tribal areas as a safe haven.

Further, Pakistan will be required to actively coordinate with Afghanistan to restrict the movement of militants, including the Haqqani Network, along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Pakistan to comply to certain conditions to secure US military aid

However, the US Senate will pass its own version of the bill later this year, which will be reconciled with the House bill to create a final version of the legislation.

Once passed by the Senate and House, that NDAA would be sent to the White House for Obama to sign into law, or veto.

The White House has already threatened to veto the bill based on a string of reservations including budgetary cuts  that Congress pushed into it that would cut the US overseas war chest by $18 billion, a move criticised by Secretary Defense as ‘deeply troubling’.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 20th, 2016.

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  • Abdul Mannan Lodhi
    May 20, 2016 - 7:41AM

    New restrictions against American support to Pakistan……The USA is supporting Pakistan in its fight against terrorism ..It is in the interest of Pakistan and also in the interest of the
    USA and the world .Pakistan is fighting all those groups who are a danger for the peace itn the region and of course in Afghanistan and Pakistan .Irrespective of whether they are from Haqqani group or any other group.This is what Pakistan is doing in Northern areas of Pakistan ,in Waziristan and in fact all over Pakistan The USA is supporting Pakistan in its fight against terrorism, it is understandable that it should expect Pakistan to do all that is possible to meet its objectives .It needs to be understood that fight against terrorism is not only in the interest of Pakistan it is also in the interest of the USA and the region .In fact the world peace .Pakistan is doing all that is possible to meet its objectives .And apart from the losses it has to suffer in terms of arms and ammunition it has lost many valuable lives.Pakistan is fighting all militant groups working against the peace in Pakistan and Afghanistan including of course Haqqani group..It is unfortunate that in spite of all its efforts the USA still wants Pakistan to do more .Pakistan is doing all that is possible to make sure that its territory is not used against Afghanistan or any other country for terrorism .Similarly Afghanistan and other countries must make sure that their territories are not used against Pakistan..It is in the interest of all of us.
    Now about Shakeel Afridi. It is a sensitive issue .But problems must be tackled in realistic manners in the interest of all parties concerned and o fcourse in the interest of Pakistan .Shakeel Afridi has done crime by instead of informing Pakistan about Osama bin Ladin hideout he has informed the USA .But arresting OBLwas as much in the interest of Pakistan as it was in the USA. Shakeel Afridi has been already in the prison for the last several years in the prison..If Shakeel Afridi is awarded imprisonment for say five years or so out of which he has already suffered for several years ,it will solve the problem and will help better relations with the US.Recommend

  • Jatoi
    May 20, 2016 - 9:19AM

    The old adage, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time”, is catching up for Pakistan. But never mind carry on regardless. Looks like you sure can fool the general populace all the time.Recommend

  • Muhammad Ibrar
    May 20, 2016 - 10:39AM

    So US Congress is playing in the hands of Afghanistan and India……….Shame on Afghanistan who ate for 30 years from Pakistan and now going against.

    Morally and ethically 0 nation. just criminals we have faced in 30 years after giving shelter to them.Recommend

  • Adnan Siddiqui
    May 20, 2016 - 10:43AM

    Just say okay to everything. Get the money/planes and do what you have always done. Recommend

  • Faheem
    May 20, 2016 - 10:50AM

    Another good listen for pak military and pak people,don’t rely on america and tŕy to understand nexus between India and usaRecommend

  • Lmao
    May 20, 2016 - 11:11AM

    Obama will veto the bill. Life will go on. Stop hyperventilating. Recommend

  • James
    May 20, 2016 - 11:55AM

    We will always be dependent if staying waiting for Aid. Its Good move by America. Pakistan must bring its own house in Order and stand on its feet. Kickout corrput leaders who have 220 billion on swiss accounts and build its own economy.
    US cannot be trusted who knows their F16 stop working (gps area ristricted coded)during the time of problem with India.
    Better invest on reliable partners and buy equipmemt for non indian partners.
    1. Go Europe for defence purchases.
    2. Bypass Afghan for CPEC route to meet Central asia. Afghan is not friend until cloae terror factories of india on its soil.
    3. Take Airbases around India to Encircle it with massive airpower and massiles, Specially in Sirilanka, Nepal, Bangla and Kazakhsitan to keep an eye on Afghan and indian presence there.
    4. Raise duties on Afghnistan trade.
    5. Deport traitors and send them bill of their food.Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    May 20, 2016 - 11:56AM

    As Ashraf Ghani said.. We tried to give you hand of Friendship but you never toke it seriously and instead supported kept Afghan Taliban as Good taliban in Pakistan and continued the game you were playing for 30 years. And now it’s time to talk the other way… Lets see how long you will continue supporting Afghan Taliban. Stop supporting Afghan Taliban else your economy will crash. Choice is yours!Recommend

  • Muhammad Ibrar
    May 20, 2016 - 12:27PM

    Ghani is speaking Indian tone. My dear wait the days when US will again stop your AID, Then at that time choice will be ours. America is friend of no one but its own. The tissue paper will be in the dust bin when used. Just wait….Recommend

  • Malang Jan
    May 20, 2016 - 12:36PM

    @Adnan Siddiqui – you seem to forget that it was Pakistan that played a major role in destabilizing Afghanistan, and creating the millions of Afghan refugees! We were so bent upon the idea of a ‘Kingdom of Allah’ that we did not think ahead to the implication of what we were doing and without taking into account the psyche and history of the Afghan nation! As they say, ‘you sow the wind, you reap the whirlwind’!Recommend

  • May 20, 2016 - 12:48PM

    Its better just to say no to any aid. Recommend

  • Gurion
    May 20, 2016 - 1:17PM

    @Muhammad Ibrar:

    My dear wait the days when US will
    again stop your AID, Then at that time
    choice will be ours.

    Remember, there’s a reason why all Pakistani missiles are named after AfghansRecommend

  • Milind
    May 20, 2016 - 1:31PM

    Price one has to pay, for jumping between 2 stools – America and China.. Simply have one master and be happy..Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    May 20, 2016 - 1:47PM

    USA is waking up now to the double game played by Pakistan. Were they naive enough to give money and get own troops killed by Taliban supported by Pak.I think its high time to tame this rogue country.Recommend

  • khattak
    May 20, 2016 - 2:23PM

    @James, thanks God for the Afghan refuges & our intervention along with 120 countries in First afghan Jihad, we made close to $80 billion(all Afghan Jihads)) from various sources to the extent stealing wheat donation of UNHCR(for Afghan Refugees). Your aiming like super power which. is good for a thought but very far from reality. will IMF or WB pay for European or Russian arm purchases, how you gonna pay. It is hard to afford an embassy in kazakistan let alone airbase to encircle who…Indian already got bases there so you want to encircle them or Afghans & for what. Afghans is ditching Karachi port let alone CPEC, they have their one One Road One Built with Tajikstan & Wahkhan corridore linking Turkemistan & Iran, Russia & lais Lazuli route to Central & Western Europe & Turkey etc. On top of that Chabahar with Indian is far cheaper & better option than CPEC. So keep you CPEC, without India & Afghanistan it is already failure. Pashtuns are Afghans so you cant declare them as traitors, Pashtun unification will define the rise of Pashtun Afghanistan nation, so better watch out & refrain from issuing certificates Recommend

  • Muhammad Ibrar
    May 20, 2016 - 2:28PM

    Suggestion is give access to Russia and China to the Arabian oil markets. Close the border to Afghanistan and India. Recommend

  • May 20, 2016 - 2:34PM

    Does the United States want Pakistani military to operate in Afghanistan ? Because the haqqani network is in Afghanistan !Recommend

  • Raisani
    May 20, 2016 - 3:04PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    Afghani, I’m sure that you have been sitting in Pakistan and using Pakistani DSL to comment here, do you have any self-respect? you are talking of chopping those hands who are still feeding you people? Recommend

  • Pukhtoon
    May 20, 2016 - 3:35PM

    Pakistan can hurt US interests big time in the region. We are just taking politely. If Pakistan actually stops the cooperation it would be trouble for the US. As for the fake Pukhtoons here let me say this clearly: we are Pakistanis and by choice, in Afghanistan, the Pukhtoons are in majority but being sidelined and subdued. Not a sustainable strategy by enemy of Pakistan. Recommend

  • fateh alam
    May 20, 2016 - 3:36PM

    Blessing in Disguise,pakistan should work on china,Russia Pakistan nexus,with strong man oeuvres by Foreign affairs ministry,lets stand on our feet and dictate others,on our terms.
    Thankless Afghans,supported by Indians and USA strategic relations in this region are changing for future,in view of CPAK Corridor..we must shed our useless differences /Dharnas and spend efforts on changing political scenarios before it is too late.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    May 20, 2016 - 3:38PM

    Kick out all Afghans, construct a Trump wall and impose strict visa restrictions. After taking these steps we would not need any aid from any country. Afghans and their corrupt supporters are destroying our economy and culture. They have made us beggars. Half of the luxury cars, other items and patrol is smuggled into Pakistan. Recommend

  • Pukhtoon
    May 20, 2016 - 4:21PM

    The US will hurt it’s interests badly by letting Pakistan go away. If Pakistan really took it’s cooperation away, with the diminishing US presence in Afghanistan it would be party over for the puppet Afghan govt and Indian proxies. We Pukhtoons are proud Pakistanis, and by choice. The enemies know that.Recommend

  • curious2
    May 20, 2016 - 5:42PM

    Lots of comments condemning the USA but interestingly no denials that Pakistan is assisting the Haqqani — that tells you something. From my perspective the USA has simply demanded Pakistan honor it’s word — Pakistan got lots of good press by saying that their was no such thing as “good terrorist” – time to put up or shut up. Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    May 20, 2016 - 6:46PM

    @Raisani:
    Are you stupid or what? Why do you even think I’ve ever been to Pakistan? I never been to Pakistan and i have no aim to travel to Pakistan in near future… Stop thinking that every Afghan been to Pakistan.. Not everyone is interested to be there.. I know some Afghans been there but don’t leave nonsense comments here. I was in Australia and came back to Afghanistan – Kabul from 2007 and doing just perfect. Please don’t comment nonsense next time!Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    May 20, 2016 - 8:52PM

    @curious2:
    Extending your comment, there is not one comment criticizing the foreign policy of Pakistan towards Afghanistan, USA and India which is totally dictated and directed by Pakistan’s Army Establishment. Raheel Sharif has made more visits to Afghanistan than Nawaz Sharif.

    In my earlier comments, I have repeatedly called for throwing away Pakistan and China from any talks concerning Afghanistan and bringing in India and Iran instead. This is what is happening now.

    It is not only US assistance and aid that will be stopped but all avenues for Pakistan to obtain assistance and aid from other sources like IMF, WB, etc. that will be stopped. Let China step in to assist and fund Pakistan. Recommend

  • Last Word
    May 20, 2016 - 10:22PM

    @Hakim Afghani: You are spot on brother. Ashraf Ghani took a big gamble putting all money on Pakistan ignoring India but the former could not leave its old friends and strategic depth concept. Not only Afghanistan even rest of the world including India had been advising Pakistan to abandon its three decades policy of using terrorism as state’s policy but to no avail. North Korea is another country who is also following self-destructive path but refuses to listen to reason and logic is on the verge of economic collapse as Pakistan. Recommend

  • Sandip
    May 21, 2016 - 12:26AM

    @James: Ha! Ha! Ha! You made my day with your prescription. Just couldn’t stop myself from laughing out loud.Recommend

  • Ghani-Abdullah
    May 21, 2016 - 8:23AM

    @james,

    You cannot afford to buy couple of airplanes and talk about encircling Afghanistan or bypassing Afghanistan to reach central Asian countries. Don’t worry once chabahar port is functional your truck won’t be allowed to reach Laghmaan and Jalalabad let alone Central Asian countries.Recommend

  • Raisani
    May 22, 2016 - 12:31PM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    You guys are not only deceivers but liars too. That’s why i don’t believe you or any Afghani who were fed by us whole life. We have brought up you Afghanis and now you are showing eyes to us? I am sure if you are in Australia you’d have gone on Pakistani passport. So before commenting against your feeding hands you should feel some shame. Recommend

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