Pentagon not to pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements

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US Defense Secretary Ash Carter holds a news conference at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia August 20, 2015. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pentagon, Aug 4: The Pentagon will not pay Pakistan $300 million in military reimbursements after US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter decided not to tell Congress that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network, a US official said.

Relations between the two countries have been frayed over the past decade, with US officials frustrated by what they term Islamabad’s unwillingness to act against extremist groups such as the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

“The funds could not be released to the Government of Pakistan at this time because the Secretary has not yet certified that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network,” Pentagon spokesperson Adam Stump said on Wednesday.

The $300 million comes under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), a US Defense Department program to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations. Pakistan is the largest recipient.

“This decision does not reduce the significance of the sacrifices that the Pakistani military has undertaken over the last two years,” Stump added.

According to Pentagon data, about $14 billion has already been paid to Pakistan under the CSF since 2002.

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