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Denial of $350 million aid to Pakistan reality, not policy: Jim Mattis

22 Juillet 2017

The Haqqani network was designated by the United States in 2012, as a terrorist organization that is working close with the Taliban in conducting cross border attacks against the Afghan government.

This is for the second consecutive year that the US Defence Secretary has refused to certify to Congress, as mandated by National Defence Authorization Act (NDAA), that Pakistan has taken satisfactory action against the Haqqani network.

"This decision does not reduce the significance of the sacrifices that the Pakistani military has undertaken over previous years", Stump said, adding that the US continues "to be encouraged by Pakistan's operations in North Waziristan and elsewhere in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas". The Pentagon is due to authorize $350 million in military aid for the next fiscal year, and is unlikely to approve it under the Obama administration, a us defense official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Pakistan has already received Dollars 550 million funds out of the allotted USD 900 million aid. Out of remainder, $300 million had already been reprogrammed for other purposes, but had not been previously reported.

Pakistan-based Haqqani network is blamed for a number of high-profile attacks on U.S. and Western interests in war-torn Afghanistan.

The Pentagon's decision came ahead of the Trump administration's review of United States policy with regard to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Military Financing Programme' for Pakistan may be made available unless the secretary of state certifies to the committees that Islamabad is taking action against terrorist groups.

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Payments, however, are tied to a certification the Pentagon must give Congress about Islamabad's actions against the Haqqani Network.

The decision was not the first time that the Pentagon has declined to make military reimbursements to Pakistan. "Pakistan still has time to take action against the Haqqani Network in order to influence the Secretary's certification decision in FY17", Stump said.

"This decision does not reduce the significance of the sacrifices that the Pakistani military has undertaken over previous years", Stump said. "We continue to be encouraged by Pakistan's operations in North Waziristan and elsewhere in the [federally administered tribal areas]".

American civilian and military aid to Pakistan, once the third-largest recipient of USA foreign assistance, is expected to total less than $1 billion in 2016, down from a recent peak of more than $3.5 billion in 2011, according to US government data. $900 million was sanctioned to Pakistan in FY17 CSF, as part of the regular process of Defence Department budget allocation.

The funds are used to reimburse Pakistan for the cost of military operations against terrorist groups during 2016.

In a stark illustration of the limits of U.S. -Pakistan cooperation, the United States killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a drone strike in Pakistan's remote Baluchistan region in May, without informing Pakistan.