Key US Congress members not prepared to support military aid to Pakistan

F-16s-sell-to-PakistanThe US State Department recently announced that key US Congress members are not prepared to support military aid to Pakistan in the absence of specific actions.

Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of the Press Office, State Department, told reporters ” I will note key members of Congress have been clear they’re not prepared to support U.S. military aid to Pakistan absent some specific actions.”

She was apparently pointing towards the activity of the Haqqani terrorist network using the Pakistani soil as its safe haven.
However, she said “So we’ve spoken about our view on the Haqqani Network from here before. So Coalition Support Funds are a Department of Defense matter. For details on that, I’m going to refer you to the Department of Defense.”

Ms Trudeau further added “As always, we’re committed to working with Congress to deliver security assistance to our partners and allies. It furthers U.S. goals by building capacity to meet shared security challenges.”

In response to a question if the State Department willing to certify that or say that the Pakistan is taking enough action against Haqqani Network, Trudeau said ” So we’ve spoken about our views on Haqqani quite a bit as well as what we view Pakistan needs to do. Pakistan has spoken that they will not discriminate against groups. We could encourage them to continue to live up to that.”

US congress refused to to approve funding for the deal days after the US lawmakers had accused Pakistan of not doing enough to fight militants and objection by India for the sell of the jets.
The decision by the US congress means that Pakistan will have to pay more than $700m (£480m) – two-and-a-half times the original cost of the fighter jets.

According to the original arrangement, Pakistan was supposed to pay close to $270m, with the US foreign military financing budget paying for the rest. -KP

THE PASHTUN TIMES

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