The US has frozen at least $900 million, destined to Pakistan
WASHINGTON, January 5. /TASS/. The US has frozen at least $900 million earmarked for Pakistan for the implementation of anti-terrorist operations. This explanation was given on 5 January, the official representative of the office of military cooperation of the Pentagon Patrick Evans, commenting on the decision of the administration of President Donald trump to suspend aid to Islamabad in the field of security.
According to Evans, this decision affects two areas of financial assistance to Pakistan — along the lines of the Pentagon through the Fund support coalition (FPC), which in the U.S. is opposed to various extremist groups, and the state Department in charge of military assistance to other States.
As for the FPC, said Evans, “the U.S. Congress is allowed to allocate for the 2017 financial year (ended September 30) to $900 million to Pakistan, this amount is still not translated.”
In addition, the United States decided to hold $255 million that was promised to Pakistan in the 2016 fiscal year under the foreign military assistance. It is usually in order for a country acquired American weapons.
As stated by 4 January, the head of the press service of the Department of state Heather Nauert, Washington will not provide assistance to Islamabad in the field of security as long as the Pakistani government does not take decisive action against terrorist groups, including the Afghan Taliban and Pakistan “Haqqani Network”.
Earlier, trump, dissatisfied with how Islamabad to oppose the extremists, said that the United States wasted over the past 15 years has provided Pakistan more than $33 billion in financial assistance.