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US Says, Pakistan Not Taking Sufficient Actions Against Terrorism, Withholds Military Aid

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| July 22 , 2017 , 19:42 IST

In a strict move against Pakistan’s inefficiency in countering terrorism, the US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has decided not to send military reimbursement to Pakistan for acting against terrorist network Haqqani.

Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said on Friday said, “The Pentagon in a statement said, “The funds could not be released to the government of Pakistan at this time because the Secretary (of Defense Jim Mattis) could not certify that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network per the requirement in the FY 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.”

Mattis also addressed the media saying, “This is simply an assessment of the current state of play. It is not a policy. It is a reality. You know, we are just defining the realities.”

The funds being withheld is part of a Pentagon program called Coalition Support Fund, which aims to reimburse US allies and partners for their counterterrorism operations, Xinhua news agency reported.

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In the Fiscal Year 2016, $900 million was marked for Pakistan, among which $550 million had already been reimbursed.

However, before withholding of $50 million announced on Friday, Mattis' predecessor Ash Carter decided last year to withhold another $300 million of the funding.

The announcement also came days after the US State Department in a report on global terrorism accused Pakistan of not taking "substantial action" against the Afghan Taliban or Haqqani.

The US in 2012 designated the Haqqani Network as a terrorist organization.

"It may be noted that the funds in question are a reimbursement of the expenses incurred by Pakistan towards achieving our common objectives in the fight against terrorism, and not an assistance," Pakistan's ambassador to the US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, said in a statement.

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