Pentagon witdraws $300M in funding to Pakistan's military

Pentagon canceling $300M in aid to Pakistan, citing record on militants: report | TheHill

Pentagon moves to scrap US$300 million in aid to Pakistan

"There is no question we need Pakistan's help in encouraging, persuading, pressuring Taliban to come to the negotiating table, deal with the national unity government under President Ghani and talk about a future where they are included, not through force, but through a political process", he said.

The U.S. military says it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad's perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties.

Pentagon spokesman Lt Col Kone Faulkner on Saturday said the USA military would aim to spend the money on other "urgent priorities", the BBC reported.

The Reuters quoted a USA official as saying that United States Defense Secretary Jim Mattis would have authorised the 300 million Dollars in Coalition Support Funds (CSF) only if Pakistan took actions against the militants and rising insurgency, but he chose not to.

Sunday's move comes ahead of an expected visit by U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo and the top USA military officer, General Joseph Dunford, to Islamabad on 5 September.

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The cut in aid is serious, but the USA still sends more than a billion dollars to Pakistan in other military aid and economic assistance.

A description of the call released by the State Department said Pompeo raised "the importance of Pakistan taking decisive action against all terrorists operating in Pakistan and its vital role in promoting the Afghan peace process".

Earlier this year, the State Department said it was withholding security funding to the country that could be reinstated if it were determined that Pakistan was making progress on ridding itself of terrorists that have been fighting a 17-year war in Afghanistan.

Pakistan has denied these claims. -Pakistani relationship, following the election victory of Imran Khan, the new Pakistani prime minister.

"Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy..." Islamabad rejects US accusations of inaction, saying they stem from Washington's military failures in Afghanistan. "This is our own money which we have used for improving regional security situation and they had to reimburse it to us", Qureshi said. Defence Secretary James Mattis said: "It will be made clear to authorities in Pakistan that what we have to do for all our nations".

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Khan has in the past blamed Pakistan's participation in the US-led anti-terror campaign for the surge in terrorism at home.

Mr Schriver not only offered conditional support to Pakistan's efforts to seek global or bilateral loans, but also acknowledged the key role that Islamabad has to play in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table.

Although since 2001 Pakistan has allowed its territory to be used to supply worldwide troops during the war in Afghanistan, and co-operated with the West in fighting some terrorists groups like al-Qaeda, analysts say it has continued to give shelter and support to Afghan insurgents.

One of the officials said: "We had forgotten this aid long ago". The top American diplomat is expected to raise issues related to counter terrorism during his meetings with the top Pakistani leaders. Pakistan has been playing both ends against the middle on the terrorism issue.

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