US sanctions $4800 mn funds for Pakistan

Washington: Pakistan hands are going to be stronger to fight war against terrorism as the United States Senate has passed the National Defence Authorities Bill.

The Senate has passed the draft bill for Pakistan to strengthen its power to fight against terrorism which is being generated from their soil.

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According to Pakistan local news channel, The US authorities has sanctioned $800 million under a provision called the ’Pakistan Security Enhancement Authorisation’.

This amount has been fenced $ 300m behind a similar Haqqani network provision that has existed in the annual authorisation act since financial year 2015.

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The proposal was passed as originally initiated for Pakistan.

Pakistan has received a total of $3.1 billion since 2013 under the CSF. Interestingly this fund is going to expires in the current financial year during the month of October.

The proposed reimbursement mechanism fund which is for Pakistan to replace the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), the funds was use to compensate for both Afghanistan and Pakistan for their efforts to combat terrorism.

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The Senate Armed Services Committee used the CSF model to restructure security support for Pakistan, while adopting the new provision. But it focuses exclusively on Pakistan’s internal security needs in its place of tying border coalition.

The new provision delinks Pakistan from Afghanistan by recognising it as a country with its own strategic values for US.

The US Senate Armed Services Committees called Pakistan a long standing strategic partner in a report filed with the draft Defence bill and stressed need to continue same strong relationship with the America.

Both the houses of American Parliament have passed their versions of the Defence Bill.

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Now this process is going to be completed by July, although the past bills have been passed during the month of November. A conference committee of the houses will now be formed to develop a consensus draft.

The bill requires Pakistan to keep on continue communication with Afghanistan for receiving reimbursements from this funds, beside the Haqqani restriction.

Another bill, passed by the House of Representatives last week, linked $450m from a total of $900m proposed for Pakistan to take action against the Haqqani network.


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