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The United States House of Representatives has adopted a legislative amendment that makes it harder for Pakistan to get defence funds.
The House has adopted three legislative amendments, all to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA). It was adopted by a voice vote in the lower house of the Congress on Friday.
It has conditioned the US aid to Pakistan to conditions that the country shows satisfactory progress in fighting against terrorism.
These amendments were moved by Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and by Ted Poe.
Ted Poe, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade said, “Today, Congress took a step forward to end Pakistan's betrayal of the US with the addition of an additional certification requirement.”
The amendment also specifies that the country will not be eligible for the amount of reimbursement, $400 million, as national security waiver unless the Secretary of Defense certifies that Pakistan is continuously conducting military operations against Haqqani Network in North Waziristan.
Meaning, Pakistan will only be eligible for a reimbursement when the Secretary of Defense certifies that the country is taking demonstrable steps to counter terrorism in the area.
The amount is authorised for the period from this October 1 to December 31, 2018.
Poe adds that the NDAA, as passed by the House, now requires that the Pentagon assess Pakistan's support for known terrorists before handing over US dollars to Islamabad. Making excess military equipment available to federal, state, and law enforcement agencies along our southern border will provide much-needed support and reinforcements to the men and women who are our first line of defence.
Poe in a statement said, “It is well known that Pakistan is a Benedict Arnold ally who supports multiple terrorist organisations, including groups that target Americans working to stabilise Afghanistan. But current limitations on military reimbursement funding to Pakistan only apply to one terrorist group: the Haqqani Network.”