1. Setback for Pakistan; how US Congress is making it difficult for Nawaz Sharif led country to get funding in name of fighting terror

Setback for Pakistan; how US Congress is making it difficult for Nawaz Sharif led country to get funding in name of fighting terror

US funding for Pakistan to fight terror: "Today, Congress took a step forward to end Pakistan's betrayal of the US," Ted Poe twee

By: | Published: July 15, 2017 11:13 AM
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Apparently in a major setback to Pakistan, the United States (US) Congress has made it difficult for Pakistan to get the US funding in the name of fight against terror. Now, the US Secretary of Defense will have to certify that Pakistan is not providing military, financial, or logistical support to any individuals designated by the U.S. as a terrorist operating in Pakistan or Afghanistan. But, the current limitations on military reimbursement funding to Pakistan only apply to one terrorist group: the Haqqani Network. The new restrictions came into force after the US Congress passed National Defence Authorization Act for 2017.

Republican Congressman Ted Poe’s tweet

Pakistan amendments were proposed by Republican Congressman Ted Poe, who tweeted: “Today, Congress took a step forward to end Pakistan’s betrayal of the US with the addition of an additional certification requirement.”

In a statement, Poe said, “Today, the House-passed bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act that helps to rebuild our military, increases funding to close readiness gaps, and gives our troops their biggest pay raise in eight years.” He further added that “this bill included two of my amendments to strengthen border security and require that the Pentagon assess Pakistan’s support for known terrorists before handing over US dollars to Islamabad.”

He termed Pakistan as a Benedict Arnold ally who supports multiple terrorist organizations, including groups that target Americans working to stabilize Afghanistan. Benedict Arnold was an American general who defected to the British army in 18th century.

Poe, who is a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade, along with Democrat Congressman Rick Nolan in January introduced the bipartisan bill seeking to revoke Pakistan’s status as a major non-Nato ally (MNNA), which was granted in 2004 by then US President George W Bush. They had argued that since Pakistan has failed to effectively fight terrorism, it no longer deserves US economic and military assistance.

It is notable that Rahmatullah Nabil, former chief of Afghan Spy Agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), has disclosed classified documents, which reveal that the money provided by the United States Government to the Pakistan military for fighting terrorism is being spent by the country’s intelligence agency, ISI, for promoting and supporting terrorism.

The US Congress also asked Pakistan to release Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician who helped the CIA run a fake hepatitis vaccine program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to confirm Osama bin Laden’s presence in the city. The US Congress said that “Dr. Shakil Afridi is an international hero and that the government of Pakistan should release him immediately from prison”.

The National Defence Authorization Act for 2017 has good news for India as the US Congress has asked the Department of Defence and State Department to take specified actions to increase defense and security cooperation with India.

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    purede51
    Jul 15, 2017 at 6:58 pm
    this is how US betrays they created problem now they blame PAK, by the way learnt it from US how to betray backstab a friend. what US does is legal what PAK does is not right? PAK has to stay dominant in the region we have right to protect our interests not US. we are well aware of US-IND activities in AFG we will never let IND setup a warhouse like KASHMIR. if US thinks it should not finance dont do that but do not use our soil for war in AFG do not ask PAK Army for help do your things by yourself.
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      Apte
      Jul 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm
      1. At present many terror groups operate freely in Pakistan and good many of them do so because ISI, the intelligence wing of the Pakistani Army, provides immunity to such terror groups. After Mr. Donald Trump took over as American President, it was thought that USA administration would take note as to how Pakistan provides support to terror outfits like LeT, JeM, and Pakistani Taliban. But nothing much has happened during last six months. 2. Though Pakistan may claim that ISI’s actions are to protect interests of Pakistan, is it not true that their adverse impact is felt in the form of growing terrorism in India and many European countries? 3. If TED Poe, the Republican Congressman, succeeds in persuading Trump administration to act tough with Pakistan, then I suppose we can expect some positive results in coming months.
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        purede51
        Jul 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm
        PAK is not servant to US we are an independant country we will do whats in our best interest. it was not PAK who started war in AFG it was US who attacked AFG requested PAK help. who created Alqaeda, Taliban, ISIS, Alnusra etc etc... its US EU ISRAEL INDIA who use these bad boys to kill innocent muslims these guyz have slaughtered millions of people from Japan to Syria. do not pretend these countries r victims they r killer, dupius, backstaber, bully, thieve, assasin do not side them if u r a human
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