US will provide $250 million for displaced persons: Kerry

Published: January 13, 2015
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In this file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry gives a joint press with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (unseen) after their meeting in Brussels on December 3, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

In this file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry gives a joint press with High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini (unseen) after their meeting in Brussels on December 3, 2014. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The United States is set to boost its security and intelligence cooperation with Pakistan to step up its offensive against militants, Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday.

Kerry is in Islamabad to hold strategic dialogue with Pakistani officials on the direction of future ties. In a joint press conference with Advisor of Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz, Kerry said the US was committed to deepening its security relationship with Pakistan in order to eliminate threats in the border area and elsewhere.

He said Pakistan must fight militant groups that threaten Afghan, Indian and US interests.

Kerry later met senior military commanders, including Army chief General Raheel Sharif, at their headquarters in Rawalpindi to discuss joint military efforts and plans for greater intelligence-sharing.

DG ISPR Asim Bajwa tweeted Kerry and the army chief discussed wide ranging issues, including regional security and stability.

“The tragedy of December 16 is really a reminder of the serious risk of allowing extremists to find space, and be able to command that space and operate within it,” Kerry said.

He said all militant groups such as the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba “continue to pose a threat not just to Pakistan and its neighbours but also to the United States and the world.”

“Make no mistake the task is a difficult one and it is not done,” Kerry said.

“We all have a responsibility to ensure that these extremists are no longer able to secure a foothold in this country or elsewhere.”

The US Secretary of State lauded the efforts of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for Pakistan’s fight against terrorists in operation Zarb-e-Azb and said that “PM Nawaz Sharif deserves a lot of credit for his work and efforts in their current operation in North Waziristan.”

However, there was growing consternation in Washington about continuing with the same level of assistance unless Pakistan provided evidence if was using the funds effectively to eliminate militants holed up on its soil.

Kerry said however Washington would provide an additional $250 million in food, shelter and other assistance to help people displaced by conflict in tribal areas. Aziz made a plea for the United States to keep giving Pakistan money to help rebuild the regions where the Pakistani military has been fighting militant groups.

“We expect our defence forces to remain engaged in counterterrorism operations for some time in the foreseeable future,” Aziz said adding that “continuation of coalition support fund reimbursements are therefore a valuable support that must continue in the interests of both countries.”

Peshawar attack

Strongly condemning the brutal massacre of schoolchildren, Kerry say the terrorists who executed children and women will be isolated and deserted.

“Every family in the US sympathises with Pakistan; the December 16 attack strengthened our shared resolve and the people of US will continue to stand with the people of Pakistan but the commitment is required from each one of us,” said Kerry.

Border violence

Commenting on the recent violence on Pakistan and India’s border, Kerry called upon the neighbours to find a diplomatic solution.

“We continue to be deeply concerned by the recent spate of increased violence along the working boundary and the line of control,” Kerry said, adding that “it is profoundly in the interests of Pakistan and India to move this relationship forward.”

During his visit, US Secretary of State also met the Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif at the Pakistan Army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi. Kerry also received a guard of honor.

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Reader Comments (38)

  • Sid
    Jan 13, 2015 - 10:27AM

    What happened to Asif Khwaja’s “conviction” as evidence against India ? Just few hours ago he was fooling the gullible awaam of Pakistan that India is attacking Pakistan from Afghanistan.

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  • Ashraf
    Jan 13, 2015 - 11:02AM

    Whatever Mr.Kerry wants to say, he can say it in dollars.

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  • Waseem
    Jan 13, 2015 - 11:08AM

    Clever spin. The international media is reporting that Kerry asked Pakistan to catch terrorists that are hurting regional countries like Afghanistan and India! In other words he’s siding with India!

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  • OS
    Jan 13, 2015 - 11:13AM

    And we’re still feeling and experiencing the nine eleven pain!…..every single family…every single day!!!

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  • India
    Jan 13, 2015 - 11:16AM

    I think you missed to mention below..Please add this to your content :)
    “Terror groups like the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban, the Haqqani network, Lashkar-e Taiba, and other groups, continue to pose a threat to Pakistan, to its neighbours, and to the United States, and we all of us have a responsibility to ensure that these groups do not gain a foothold but rather are pushed back into the recesses of (Pakistan’s) memory,” Kerry said in Islamabad.
    “This task is obviously far from finished.”

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  • Siraj Ahmed
    Jan 13, 2015 - 11:56AM

    So the Strategic dialogue is to prod Pakistan to eliminate all (Good + Bad) Terrorism.
    Its very clear the world community, when it comes to Pakistan thinks only about Terrorism.

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  • sharabi
    Jan 13, 2015 - 12:10PM

    Now listen to your master & as he says, You Billions of $$ aid package has been cleared by US Senate.

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  • Asad Khan
    Jan 13, 2015 - 12:11PM

    .. violence on Pakistan and India’s border..

    ET, the violence is not on Indo-Pak Border, it is on Working Boundary (Indian Admin Jammu and Pakistani Punjab)

    Keep things as it is while padding.

    regards,

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  • Arsie
    Jan 13, 2015 - 12:22PM

    Pakistan is engaged in a full fledge war against Taliban but did you ask India to stop funding terrorists threatening Pakistan interests. No to double standards.Recommend

  • Saleem
    Jan 13, 2015 - 12:33PM

    Dear Mr Kerry you surely realise that ; Laatoun kay bhoot Baatoun say naheen maantay

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  • A.M.Khan
    Jan 13, 2015 - 12:48PM

    @Arsie:
    This is one of the reasons he is in Pakistan. Bankimoon met Indian rep. to set them right and he is showing his bond with Pakistan so that India should reduce its influence to support anti Pakistani elements.

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  • SK
    Jan 13, 2015 - 12:50PM

    “He said Pakistan must fight militant groups that threaten Afghan, Indian and US interests.” and forget about the ones that threaten Pakistan. A friend in deed…

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  • A.M.Khan
    Jan 13, 2015 - 12:51PM

    India is no doubt financing anti Pakistani elements in Afghanistan and elsewhere. Pakistan has submitted an appeal to UN to ask India to back off. His visit here and Ban Kin Moon’s in India is for the same purpose.

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  • Proud Pakistani Baluch
    Jan 13, 2015 - 1:13PM

    I guess this statement must be linked to some trade deal he agreed in India.

    The reality is India is sponsoring terror in Pakistan using their proxies the BLA and TTP.

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  • turbo
    Jan 13, 2015 - 1:22PM

    Is he representing the US or India?

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  • Hilarious
    Jan 13, 2015 - 1:26PM

    ET – why are you shy to quote Kerry exactly? Doesn’t fit in with your world view so you manipulate the news?
    Pak commentators – still want to ask why we comment here? If not for us, you wouldn’t know anything other than what your media feeds you.Recommend

  • oBSERVER
    Jan 13, 2015 - 1:41PM

    “Kerry urges Pakistan to fight militants threatening Afghan, Indian and US interests”….. a three in one solution from Modi and Kerry! This tells what Kerry thinks of Nawaz and his team of experts that include Khawaja Asif.

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  • devindersingh
    Jan 13, 2015 - 1:42PM

    @A.M.Khan:
    Hahah ban ki moon said india that india lead afghan and play big role, you can verify his statement

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  • Karachiwala
    Jan 13, 2015 - 2:06PM

    No more “DO MORE”

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  • Arshad
    Jan 13, 2015 - 2:24PM

    What else Pakistan has been doing for the past almost 30 years. It has been fighting the terrorist & paying heavy cost in men, material & economic losses. What America is doing is that it walked away from Afghanistan leaving entire responsibility on Pakistan. America is giving Civil Nuclear technology to India, Arms & ammunition & all sorts of other benefits. This double facedness cannot continue for ever. What India is doing is firing on the border of Pakistan, avoiding solution of Kashmir issue in contravention of UN verdict and also creating trouble inside Pakistan and killing Muslims in India and forcibly converting them. All four parties and rest of the world has abdicated its responsibility and keeps on pushing Pakistan to do the job. It is high time that India, US and world play their roles, as far as Pakistan in concerned enough is enough.

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  • Arshad
    Jan 13, 2015 - 2:30PM

    What else Pakistan has been doing for the past almost 30 years? It has been fighting the terrorist & paying heavy cost in men, material & economic losses. What America is doing is that it walked away from Afghanistan leaving entire responsibility on Pakistan. America is giving Civil Nuclear technology to India, Arms & ammunition & all sorts of other benefits. This double facedness cannot continue for ever. What India is doing is firing on the border of Pakistan, avoiding solution of Kashmir issue in contravention of UN verdict and also creating trouble inside Pakistan and killing Muslims in India and forcibly converting them. All four parties and rest of the world has abdicated its responsibility and keeps on pushing Pakistan to do the job. It is high time that India, US and world play their roles, as far as Pakistan in concerned enough is enough.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 13, 2015 - 3:20PM

    Thank you very much People and Govt of America.

    We sincerely appreciate your standing with us at this time.

    I really hope GoP utilises these funds effecrtively with NO LEAKAGE.

    Pakistan and America need to rebuild a strong partnership based on respect and realistic expectations.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 13, 2015 - 3:21PM

    Kerry praised Nawaz Sharif
    +++++++++++++++++++++
    As US has praised Yahya Khan, Zia ,Musharraf…….in the past.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 13, 2015 - 3:23PM

    Feather in Pakistans Cap
    ++++++++++++++
    Begging Successful.

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  • sensible
    Jan 13, 2015 - 3:29PM

    That’s a lot of money. Hopefully government officials will not eat up this amount and will let the aid money help the poor.

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  • sensible
    Jan 13, 2015 - 3:30PM

    Pakistanis should start paying taxes so that other countries will not have to chip in to help the poor in the country.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 13, 2015 - 3:38PM

    ” “PM Nawaz Sharif deserves a lot of credit for his work and efforts in their current operation in North Waziristan.””
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Every Pakistani must find that statement hilarious.

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  • AVMPolpot
    Jan 13, 2015 - 3:41PM

    ” Aziz made a plea for the United States to keep giving Pakistan money to help rebuild the regions where the Pakistani military has been fighting militant groups.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    250N Mn from US and Rs250 from China……and which relationship is higher than the Himalayas?

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  • ranveer singh Warraich
    Jan 13, 2015 - 4:03PM

    @A.M.Khan: both ban ki moon and John Kerry attended Gujrat summit, it has nothing to do with LoC.

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  • azeem
    Jan 13, 2015 - 6:23PM

    @Sid: Watch video of Indian national security adviser ajit doval..you will find confession. India is not innocent as you think

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  • Murali
    Jan 13, 2015 - 7:30PM

    @azeem:
    Would you care to help me by providing the link.
    It appears that you have watched it.

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  • Sid
    Jan 14, 2015 - 12:10AM

    @Arsie:
    Where is the proof of this so called funds ? Where is Asif Khwaja with his “convictions”. Thats all you guys have “convictions” no proofs. Conviction is whats required to get justice under legal system of Pakistan not evidences.

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  • Sid
    Jan 14, 2015 - 12:12AM

    @A.M.Khan:
    Oh really. This is what Ban Ki Moon and Mr Kerry confided in you ? Or is it your “conviction”..lol

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  • Sid
    Jan 14, 2015 - 12:17AM

    @azeem:
    I have watched it many times even before Modi was elected. Please enlighten me where was the confession ? He talked about strategies and doctrine and there is difference between thinking a strategy and implementing it. Can you use his video as evidence in UN to prove India’s involvement in any terrorist attack in Pakistan ? The answer to that question will lie an answer for you that there is nothing in the video which your media has been showing so over zealously without even telling you guys that this video is from pre Modi government, leaving you gullible people to imagine whatever you “love” to imagine. Conspiracy theories, thats all.

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  • Gp65
    Jan 14, 2015 - 12:40AM

    ET mods – please allow factual rebuttal to the comment made by @Azeem. Many in Pakistan have seen 6 minutes out of context clip which was run by one channel and reached a conclusion opposite to what they would reach if they had seen the whole clip. I have included the clip.

    @azeem:
    The speech by Ajit Doval that you refer to was in Feb 2014 when he was a retired IB Officer – retired in 2005. He was not the NSA at that time. In fact in his speech, he criticizes the UPA government for having a defensive approach o Pakistani proxies and recommends a defensive offense . So if you o by his speech, India had a pure defensive approach even as Pakistan was sending proxies.Here is the complete speech which is 1 hour and 40 minutes long – not just the 6 minute out of context stuff that is being shared all over Pakistan. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4RaCJrT51w&feature=youtubegdataplayer

    Please list en from 56 minutes and 30 seconds. You will realize that he is Recommending a defensive offense mode but complaining that the government is using a purely defensive mode.

    @Murali- for our iewing pleasure as well.

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  • KafirMusafir
    Jan 14, 2015 - 11:11AM

    USA will provide US Dollars 250 million for food, shelter, and assistance to displaced people in the tribal region. But China’s friendship is higher than the mountains, deeper than the seas, harder than iron, and all-weather friend of Pakistan. America and Americans are hated by Pakistan and Pakistanis. How much money did China give to Pakistan as aid (MEANS FREE ALMS)? Not loans.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 15, 2015 - 12:13AM

    “Make no mistake the task is a difficult one and it is not done,” Kerry said

    This is no problem Sir for the Sharifs? Please promise us another $250 millions as blood money and we will displace more in Pakistan, this time in Punjab and Sindh provinces!.

    Rex Minor

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  • Jan 15, 2015 - 6:16PM

    There is no denying that our two countries have similar histories and our relationship goes back to Pakistan’s independence. It is also a fact that we have had our challenges. We strive to work through them. The United States leadership has maintained the importance of Pakistan in the region and that is the reason these bilateral meetings are important. Secretary Kerry and General Austin’s visit to Pakistan is a testimonial that we stand with Pakistan and its people in their times of need. Both leaders paid tribute to the Pakistani people and the security forces for their sacrifices. Talking about the December 16 tragedy, Secretary Kerry said, “We all have a responsibility to ensure that these extremists are no longer able to secure a foothold in this country or elsewhere.” “I emphasize that the U.S. is committed to deepening our security relationship with Pakistan in order to eliminate threats in the border area and elsewhere,” Kerry said.

    Abdul Quddus
    DET – U.S. Central Command
    http://www.facebook.com/centcomurdu

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