Obama signs Coalition Support Fund extending assistance to Pakistan

Published: December 21, 2014
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A file photo of President Barack Obama. PHOTO: AFP

A file photo of President Barack Obama. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: US President Barack Obama on Sunday signed a bill into law providing an extension to the Coalition Support Fund for Pakistan for another year, Radio Pakistan reported.

Earlier, BBC Urdu had reported, the American Congress’ decision to include in its final budget recommendations a one-year plan to extend the financial support given to Pakistan to fight militancy in the region — but with certain new demands.

In its budget of $521 billion, the US government extended the validity of financial assistance by one year, but also imposed some new terms and demands.

It was reported that the assistance extended to Pakistan under coalition support fund will not exceed $1 billion.

Moreover, the defence secretary was also stripped off his authority to sanction up to $300 million with the approval of Congress. Now the approval by Congress will be deemed necessary before any such withdrawal.

In order to sanction CSF to Pakistan, the US defence secretary will now have to take the House into confidence over the issue that military operation in North Waziristan has successfully targeted the safe havens of Haqqani Network.

According to Radio Pakistan, the Bill also assured continued US support to Afghanistan after the withdrawal of Nato forces.

Earlier, addressing his year-end news conference in Washington, President Obama renewed his pledge to end the US combat mission in Afghanistan within two weeks.

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  • abreez
    Dec 21, 2014 - 7:16PM

    It was reported that the assistance extended to Pakistan under coalition support fund will not exceed $1 billion. American want assistance from Pakistan in $300,000,000,000 trade against $1 billion.

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  • LOLOLOL
    Dec 21, 2014 - 8:17PM

    We dont need your pennies in return for gold. Its your war we’re fighting, its your war what brought us here, and the it cost us much more than your couple million dollars.

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  • HZR
    Dec 21, 2014 - 10:37PM

    I read elsewhere that so far US has given $28 billion as aid for war on terror but that does not seem to have made any change.

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  • Np
    Dec 22, 2014 - 2:17AM

    @LOLOLOL:
    Your army chief spent 2 weeks in US begging for this billion. Stop acting like you do not want it.

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  • cautious
    Dec 22, 2014 - 4:09AM

    @LOLOLOL:

    Its your war we’re fighting

    Dominant belief in Pakistan that has questionable merit. Perhaps you can name exactly what Pakistan is/was doing to help the American’s? You provided shelter to the Haqqani for over a decade, OBL was found hiding in the shadow of the Pakistan Military Academy, you refused American request to control flow of fertilizers used in making IED’s, and it was the USA that has killed most of the Taliban leaders – not Pakistan. Your big contribution was allowing trucks to move across your territory – and Taliban theft of that equipment was so high that even they wanted to restore the supply line when you closed it off.
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    Further – If you look an objective look at when terrorism in Pakistan escalated you will see a directly correlation between that timing and the Red Mosque/S Waziristan offensives. That’s when the religious parties and extremist declared war on Pakistan govt. Hard to blame the American’s for those two events.

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  • sharabi
    Dec 22, 2014 - 11:17AM

    @LOLOLOL
    Your country will collapse if everyone denies you aid & Funds.

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