U.S. provides $255 million military aid to Pakistan, with conditions attached

Islamabad will have to crack down on terror networks.

His remarks remarks came after the State Department notified to the Congress to place a pause button on Dollars 255 million foreign military financing for Pakistan. At the same time, the Department is placing a pause on spending those funds and on allocating them to any specific FMF sales contracts, ‘ said the State Department in a statement sent to leading daily Dawn.

The Foreign Military Financing provides grants and loans to help countries purchase the US weapons and defence equipment and for acquiring defence services and military training in the United States.

A resolution was signed and jointly issued by the Pakistani parliament, government, and military in response to the new USA strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia.

The military aid to Pakistan was committed by the previous Obama administration in 2015, but the Trump administration has attached new conditions to further delay the release.

CSF refers to USA aid that is eligible to be used to reimburse coalition partners for logistical and military support to American military operations.

The State Department clarified that Washington valued its ties with Islamabad and wanted to see it prosper but at the same time “it also wanted Islamabad to do more to eradicate terrorism”.

Nisar argued that the United States has provided funds to its Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for “services rendered by Pakistan” in the fight against Islamic terrorism. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists.

‘The President has been clear that we are looking to the Pakistani government to take decisive action against militant groups based in Pakistan that are a threat to the region.

The U.S. claims that more than $33 billion in aid has been provided to Pakistan since 2002.

‘And as a outcome, it’s not really a major point of leverage with the Pakistanis anymore.

The National Assembly has also expressed concerns about increasing concentration of ISIS and other terrorist networks in Afghan provinces bordering Pakistan and demand that Afghanistan, US and its allies close borders for leaders of terrorist groups carrying out acts of terrorism against Pakistan.

FO Spokesman Nafees Zakaria told a weekly press briefing in Islamabad that there had been no high-level contact between Pakistan and the U.S. following President Donald Trump’s Aug 21 diatribe, in which he lambasted Islamabad for providing safe haven to terrorists.

The resolution was passed amid growing frustrations among the Pakistani politicians following the hard stance adopted by President Donald Trump, mainly regarding the persistent support the terror groups receive in the country.

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