Pentagon not to pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements

Published: August 4, 2016
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US Defense Secretary Ash Carter holds a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia August 20, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter holds a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia August 20, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Pentagon will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements after US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter decided not to tell Congress that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, a US official said.

Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade, with US officials frustrated by what they term Islamabad’s unwillingness to act against extremist groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

Pakistan to comply to certain conditions to secure US military aid

“The funds could not be released to the Government of Pakistan at this time because the Secretary has not yet certified that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network,” Pentagon spokesperson Adam Stump said on Wednesday.

The $300 million comes under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), a US Defense Department program to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations. Pakistan is the largest recipient.

“This decision does not reduce the significance of the sacrifices that the Pakistani military has undertaken over the last two years,” Stump added.

According to Pentagon data, about $14 billion has already been paid to Pakistan under the CSF since 2002.

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The decision by the Pentagon is a sign that while it sees some progress by Pakistan in its military operations in North Waziristan, much work remains.

Pakistan rejects harboring militants but says there are limits to how much it can do as it is already fighting multiple extremist groups and is wary of a “blowback” in the form of more terror attacks on its soil.

“(The) Coalition Support Fund is one of the many cooperative arrangements between Pakistan and the United States to pursue common objectives,” said Nadeem Hotiana, a spokesperson for the Pakistani embassy in Washington.

Relations between the United States and Pakistan were tested in May by a US drone strike that killed Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour on Pakistani soil.

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There has been growing resistance in the US Congress to sending money to Pakistan. Many lawmakers have expressed concern about its nuclear program, commitment to fighting terrorist organisations and cooperation in the Afghanistan peace process.

In March, Republican Senator Bob Corker said he would use his power as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to bar any US funding for Islamabad’s purchase of $700 million of Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighter jets.

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Reader Comments (46)

  • John Vain
    Aug 4, 2016 - 9:10AM

    So much for being a NATO ally for decades.Recommend

  • wb
    Aug 4, 2016 - 9:40AM

    Perfect time to complain to USA about Indian actions in Kashmir.Recommend

  • Jahan
    Aug 4, 2016 - 9:46AM

    Major reason behind this is upcoming elections.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 4, 2016 - 9:53AM

    No need for it. Terror activities across the country have almost wiped out. No need for us to further indulge ourselves in others wars. On one hand they want us to bring Taliban to the negotiating table and on the other they want us to kill them too!Recommend

  • Aug 4, 2016 - 9:58AM

    The person who will really feel the pain is Mr. Ishaq Dar whose entire planning is dependent on US monetary handouts. This munshi from some pind has taken Pakistan to the gallows. The sooner we are rid of the US from the region the better for all the citizens. Salams Recommend

  • raw is war
    Aug 4, 2016 - 9:59AM

    @John Vain:

    Pakistan was never an ally. They were back stabbing and cheating US all the time.Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:00AM

    @John Vain:
    Correction: So much for pretending to be a NATO ally while being an international migraine in realityRecommend

  • Reader
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:00AM

    It would be wise for us to dump US & it’s CSF like IMF. Now the time is to move along regional powers and secure our interestsRecommend

  • Habibullah
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:09AM

    No problems !
    China will give Pakistan $300 billions !!!Recommend

  • sha
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:13AM

    It is just beginning …wait for next episodes. Whether it is trump or clinton it will not change much usa policy toward pakistan. Recommend

  • Prada
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:13AM

    India’s large defense and nuclear purchases from the US is starting to bear fruit. Watch and wait for more action on this front.Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:15AM

    As i said, Pakistan is isolated fully from all corners but still Pakistanis are living in Disneyland.

    Better kick all Afghan Talibans from Pakistan, so Afghan army eliminate them one by one else U.S.A/NATO(Europe) will put sanctions on Pakistan within 6 months and things will go very wrong for Pakistani government for supporting Afghan Taliban.

    Ball is in your court Mr.Pakistan! Decide fast before it’s too late!Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:16AM

    As i said, Pakistan is isolated fully from all corners but still Pakistanis are living in Disneyland.
    .
    Better kick all Afghan Talibans from Pakistan, so Afghan army eliminate them one by one else U.S.A/NATO(Europe) will put sanctions on Pakistan within 6 months and things will go very wrong for Pakistani government for supporting Afghan Taliban.

    Ball is in your court Mr.Pakistan! Decide fast before it’s too late!Recommend

  • PrakashG
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:18AM

    Another ‘monumental’ achievement …Recommend

  • Hakim Afghani
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:19AM

    @Habibullah:
    You still live in a Disneyland.. Don’t you ?
    Money from China? hahahaha Joke of the year!Recommend

  • samir
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:23AM

    @hakim afghani Have you ever heard of a $46B CPEC? Recommend

  • imran
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:38AM

    All money from u.s is used for welfare of Armed forces and their families and not for civilians. So it will not impact much of Pakistani people. Recommend

  • vinsin
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:43AM

    @FAZ:
    Then allow others to indulge war inside Pakistan.Recommend

  • Salman
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:44AM

    @Hakim Afghani:
    Absolutely right… Time to send ALL AFGHANS back to Afghanistan!! Recommend

  • LOL
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:49AM

    @Hakim Afghani: nothing funnier than an Afghan calling someone else isolated. HAHAHARecommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Aug 4, 2016 - 11:02AM

    Woahhh thats hhhuuugggeee, Now to see how much of it will actually go to the general public . Recommend

  • me
    Aug 4, 2016 - 11:05AM

    Good riddance!Recommend

  • point
    Aug 4, 2016 - 11:19AM

    @raw is war:
    You need to read on how U.S. conducted it’s war against Russia, and also how U.S. was able to enter Afghanistan and how their food and supplies reached!! I wish there was independent news reports available to you !! Recommend

  • wiserneighbour
    Aug 4, 2016 - 11:24AM

    All that foreign policy boasted by Sartaj aziz down the drain!Recommend

  • Lolz
    Aug 4, 2016 - 12:04PM

    @raw is war: Really, you think US is an angel and the world is a paradise? Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Aug 4, 2016 - 12:18PM

    Soon they will ban Pakistanis. Even Sheik Rashid can’t get visa …actually he cannot even fly over USA to Canada.Recommend

  • F35
    Aug 4, 2016 - 12:18PM

    Its time to ask….
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    Is US a friend or a foe?Recommend

  • F35
    Aug 4, 2016 - 12:20PM

    Another feather in FO’s cap!
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    This hurts more than the denied F16s….Recommend

  • FAZ
    Aug 4, 2016 - 12:24PM

    @vinsin:
    50,000 dead by the hands of Indian proxies. If that’s not war than you need to see a shrinkRecommend

  • nadeem
    Aug 4, 2016 - 12:32PM

    The chief reason for Pakistan’s miseries over the last 60 years has been this unholy nexus between Army and USA. It has brought nothing but disaster, shame, and poverty for everyone in Pakistan except those in the military. I am glad to see this evil nexus breaking under its own weight. We are now progressing toward being a normal country, with a normal foreign policy, and civilian dominance. Recommend

  • Syed Ahmed
    Aug 4, 2016 - 12:51PM

    @ Hakim Afghani
    Mate… sorry to wake you up. But you cannot even go out of Kabul to kill TTP or Taliban.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Aug 4, 2016 - 1:04PM

    @FAZ:
    Fine, we can shoot down US drones now !Recommend

  • AhmadMalik
    Aug 4, 2016 - 1:15PM

    Americans are way smart. They named reimbursements funds as Support fund. Hypocrisy at it’s peak@Recommend

  • pakistani bloach
    Aug 4, 2016 - 1:28PM

    A blessing in disguise for pakistan. Only way pakistan can learn to stand up on its feet is, to get rid of aids and USA. Cut all diplomatic ties with USA and peace will return in pakistan. Read about 50s and 60s when USA wasnt a “friend”.Recommend

  • KB
    Aug 4, 2016 - 1:47PM

    WOW…. That’s great news…..Recommend

  • muzammil Ullah khan
    Aug 4, 2016 - 2:44PM

    It was expected. Wait for further tightening of screws leading to sanctions ! Have we forgotten that Pakistan at one time was the most sanctioned country ! Thankfully the world is multipolar now . Earlier sanctions by USA helped us becoming self sufficient in the field of armaments . I am not overly worried.Recommend

  • ishrat salim
    Aug 4, 2016 - 2:45PM

    @imran:

    you have no idea that this money is spent as per agreement with USA against fight with terrorists which is billed for re-imbursement & the money comes into pak govt bank not Army bank. So, do not make negative comments before finding out details. you & your family sleep peacefully bcz of our Armed forces, so bear that in mind. Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Aug 4, 2016 - 2:59PM

    Just the other day Mr. Aziz was talking about great Pakistani diplomacy and Mr. Dar talking about not needing the IMF? Looks like the mirror is still a mirage to Pakistan. Dependence on loan based CPEC will not take you far, CPEC is just a route from one corner of China that cuts Pakistan from GB to Gawadar, it’s not means to an end. You will end up as a custodian of a trade route for China, else build a route from one end of Pakistan cutting China right through it’s heart for your products.Recommend

  • Gladiator
    Aug 4, 2016 - 3:00PM

    @nadeem:
    Pakistan is now progressing to become a normal country with its own foreign policy! Who told you this? Foreign policy and in fact all policies of Pakistan are still run from the US embssy in Islamabad and implemented by the same evil nexus you mentioned! This isn’t changing, unless something radical happens! (which is Obama’s worst nightmare) Recommend

  • M.S.
    Aug 4, 2016 - 3:17PM

    Kick out all Afghans and shut the door behind. Let US and others to deal with these thankless people in a landlocked barren land. Recommend

  • BruteForce
    Aug 4, 2016 - 3:28PM

    Excellent news.

    The future road of action is straight forward: If Pakistan still supports Terror in neighbouring countries, then US should place sanctions on it, like it placed sanctions on Iran.

    Sanctions will ensure no US company will deal with any entity related to Pakistan, essentially crippling Pakistan and its economy.

    As Indian influence in US increases and Pakistan continues to support Haqqanis and Taliban on its soil, this is bound to happen.Recommend

  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Aug 4, 2016 - 9:48PM

    How come, hours have passed and none including President, Prime Minister, Defense Minister or Foreign Minister spoke about it? Silence is admission of guilt if I am not mistaken. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / KuwaitRecommend

  • Tyggar
    Aug 4, 2016 - 10:37PM

    @M.S.:
    Kick out all Afghans and shut the door behind. Let US and others to deal with these thankless people

    Donald Trump is of the same opinion about PakistanisRecommend

  • Iqbal
    Aug 4, 2016 - 11:37PM

    @Habibullah:
    Do you mean Zimbabwean Dollar? It is worth less than 1 US Dollar. Pakistan is technically bankrupt and no one would give money to someone who has a hole in the pocket.
    You can continue to live in cloud cuckoo land.Recommend

  • IndianDude
    Aug 5, 2016 - 2:12AM

    It won’t make any difference as far as comman man in Pakistan is concerned. Most the $ from US goes to the pockets of pak army and rest to politicians. Remember the feat that pak army had with kerry-lugar bill? kerry-lugar bill bill wanted US $$ to go to pakistani awam instead of the pak army.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Aug 5, 2016 - 5:03AM

    Pakistan must stop all military and intelligence works with USA, we don’t need any American fund, they always use Pakistan
    Plz stop all relationships with AmericanRecommend

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