US Senate panel clears bill to block $300m military aid to Pakistan

Published: May 25, 2016
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Coalition Support Fund to Pakistan subject to action against the Haqqani network. PHOTO: AFP

Coalition Support Fund to Pakistan subject to action against the Haqqani network. PHOTO: AFP

US Senate panel has approved a legislation which blocks $300 million military aid to Pakistan unless the defence secretary certifies to the Congress that Islamabad is taking demonstrable steps against the Haqqani terror network.

The Senate Armed Services Committee, which renewed blockage of $300 million coalition support fund to Pakistan subject to action against the Haqqani network like previous year when it passed the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA)-2017 last week, has however argued in favour of continuing security assistance to Pakistan.

Pakistan to comply to certain conditions to secure US military aid

NDAA-2017 is scheduled to come up before the Senate for voting, during which several Senators are expected to bring in amendments to this bill.

Senate version of the NDAA differed with that of the House on many issues, including Pakistan.

The House version of the bill, which was passed last week, calls for blocking $450 million of the $900 million US aid to Pakistan in coalition support fund, The Times of India reported.

The Senate version has reduced both the figures to $300 million and $800 million, respectively.

US Congress imposes strict conditions on aid to Pakistan

However, for release of this fund, both seek certification from the defence secretary that Pakistan is taking demonstrable action against the Haqqani network.

NDAA 2016, which ends on September 30 this year, makes it mandatory for the defence secretary to certify that Islamabad is taking action against the Haqqani network for the release of last $300 million of the coalition support fund to Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 25th, 2016.

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  • May 25, 2016 - 9:30AM

    USA…..! Pakistan….! Leave each other alone and go about minding your own damn business. USA…….Live within your own borders and not without. Pakistan…….Recover taxes and start accountability of CROOKS so that we don’t have to beg from others. Salams Recommend

  • SuperNeo
    May 25, 2016 - 9:39AM

    May month is not good for pakistan
    May 10
    May 22
    And today this news
    Still 6 more days to goRecommend

  • vinsin
    May 25, 2016 - 9:55AM

    Peanuts – should be refused by Pakistan.Recommend

  • Mohan
    May 25, 2016 - 12:27PM

    @NKAli: Just revisit your own nation’s history. Without US, Pakistan would have collapsed a long time ago. Pakistan, by signing up to be America’s Man-Friday got a lot from the US. Even now, without US help, Pakistan will struggle to survive. That is the truth.Recommend

  • shafi
    May 25, 2016 - 12:37PM

    i am happy as a pakistani, as usa is repeating same mistakes of 90s, now pak MUST open its eyes and our leaders stop their corruption and make pak to raise on her feet and improve trade with Russia and chinaRecommend

  • Sarcasm and zp
    May 25, 2016 - 12:45PM

    For Pakistan $300million is peanuts… even ready to eat grass to provide safe haven to good terrorists.Recommend

  • Sarcasm and Pun intended
    May 25, 2016 - 12:48PM

    $300 million is peanuts for Pakistan…Even ready to eat grass to protect and provide safe haven to all our strategic assets.
    They are our counters to Afghanistan and India.Recommend

  • Arman
    May 25, 2016 - 6:48PM

    It will be a problem for not only Pakistan but the US too. The United States won’t be able to lead war on terror to a successful end without military assistance from Pakistan. Pakistan is fighting a long war for the US. But in response, Pakistan is getting nothing for it. Recommend

  • vinsin
    May 26, 2016 - 7:41AM

    @Arman:
    Then dont fight, who forced Pakistan to do so?.Recommend

  • Sameer Qadir
    May 26, 2016 - 8:50AM

    The USA has already chosen Iran as its nefarious nexus partner in the region. Pakistan needs to be very careful for just another 12-18 months. After that trade will start flowing between China and the World. And it will befinancially beneficial for us, beyond our dreams. It will after this point be an everclimbing economy no longer dependant on the world, something USA, India and Israel are already , dreading.Recommend

  • Javaid
    May 27, 2016 - 11:04PM

    .@ Vinsin, US forced pakistan to do so. Why are you worried as if we are in crises,we will solve it but if you mind your own business but you Indians mind every neighbour’s business whether Sri Lanka,Nepal,pakistan or bangla desh. Recommend

  • Sameer Qadir
    May 28, 2016 - 5:41PM

    Pakistan should construct the Iran Pakistan Gas Pipeline on war footing just upto Karachi for the time being. Pakistan should also plan to construct oil storage reserviors around Gwadar and offer the Central Asian Countries access on easy and soft terms for usage and storage. Lets see how soon the same Congressmen come back with another bill easing restrictions immediately, unconditionally. Recommend

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