No cut in $700 million aid to Pakistan: US

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  1. Poseidon

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    US lawmakers freeze $700 million to Pakistan as distrust grows.
    Reuters | Dec 13, 2011, 11.54AM IST

    ISLAMABAD: A crisis in relations looked set to deepen after a US House-Senate negotiating panel agreed to freeze $700 million in US aid to Pakistan until it gives assurances it is helping fight the spread of improvised explosive devices in the region.

    Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of US foreign aid, and the cutback announced is only a small proportion of the billions in civil and military assistance it gets each year.

    But it could presage greater cuts as calls grow in the United States to penalise Islamabad for failing to act against militant groups and, at worst, helping them, following the secret US raid on a Pakistan military town in which al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed.

    Home-made bombs or improvised explosive devices (IEDs) are among militants' most effective weapons against US and coalition troops in Afghanistan as they struggle to fight a resurgent Taliban insurgency.

    Many are made using ammonium nitrate, a common fertilizer smuggled across the border from Pakistan. The freeze on US aid was agreed as part of a defense bill that is expected to be passed this week.

    The United States wants "assurances that Pakistan is countering improvised explosive devices in their country that are targeting our coalition forces", Representative Howard McKeon, a House Republican, told reporters.

    The United States has allocated some $20 billion in security and economic aid to Pakistan since 2001, much of it in the form of reimbursements for assistance in fighting militants.

    But US lawmakers have expressed increasing frustration with Pakistan's efforts in the war.

    There have been numerous proposals to make US aid to Pakistan conditional on more cooperation in fighting militants such as the Haqqani network Washington believes operate out of Pakistan and battle US troops in Afghanistan.

    But Pakistan's civilian leaders have in the past warned against aid cuts, saying it would only harden public opinion against the United States.

    It says it is doing all it can to fight al-Qaida and the Taliban and has lost thousands of soldiers since it joined the US-led war in 2001, some of them at the hands of coalition troops.

    Islamabad has accused NATO of deliberately killing 24 Pakistani soldiers in an air strike near the Afghan border last month and shut down supplies for foreign troops in Afghanistan in anger.

    The decision to freeze aid could prompt Pakistan to harden its stance towards Washington.

    "I think the Pakistan side will understand the type of signal that is coming, which shows it's not only a question of aid," said former general and security analyst Talat Masood.

    "The whole attitude of the US and the relationship will be affected by these measures because they know Pakistan will not be in a position to control the smuggling."

    US lawmakers said that many Afghan bombs are made with fertilizer smuggled by militants across the border from Pakistan into Afghanistan.

    "The vast majority of the material used to make improvised explosive devices used against US forces in Afghanistan originates from two fertilizer factories inside Pakistan," Senator John McCain, a Republican, said in the Senate last week.

    A Congressional Research Service report in October said the Pakistani factories, owned by one of the country's biggest companies, Pakarab, have been producing over 300,000 metric tonnes of ammonium nitrate per year since 2004.

    RAMPANT SMUGGLING

    The United States has urged Pakistan to strictly regulate the distribution of ammonium nitrate to Afghanistan. So far, Pakistan has only produced draft legislation on the issue.

    Analysts say US demands will be tough to meet because of rampant corruption on both sides of the border which makes smuggling easy.

    One businessman explained how easy it is to get through security posts along the porous border.

    "We pay a 1,200 rupees ($13) bribe to the Pakistani Frontiers Corps on the border for every car carrying fertilizer," said Kamal Khan in the town of Chaman near the border with Afghanistan.

    "Fertilizer is smuggled on trucks, pickup trucks, motorcycles, bicycles and donkey carts."

    Pakistan's fragile economy is heavily dependent on agriculture so cutting down on fertilizer output would hurt the sector.

    "If you say, 'ok you can only produce these ureas and you cannot produce the nitrates' it means you are going to impose unrealistic terms on Pakistan," said Amir Rana director of the Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies.

    The provision freezing $700 million in aid was agreed upon by leaders of the armed services committees from both parties in the House and Senate, including McCain. It is part of compromise legislation authorizing US defense programs expected to be approved this week, McKeon said.

    He said the bill would also require the Pentagon to deliver a strategy for improving the effectiveness of US aid to Pakistan.

    US lawmakers freeze $700 million to Pakistan as distrust grows - The Times of India

    Here it comes, THE FIRST WHIP LASH at the Pakistanis,with Many Many More to Come for their Blackmailing behavior AGAINST their very own MASTERS the USA who has been Protecting and FEEDING them with AID Dollars in all these years!!
     
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    Corruption is the worst form of terror in modern day's. Something in the like's of Interpol must be setup to crack down International corruption and black money and i afraid Indian politicians will be the last to accept some thing like this :mad2:
     
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    This is not enough. Pak needs sanctions like Iran. Total boycott of pak in the world...
     
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    You just made some sense.

    I wish every country & MEA had it.
     
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    if i made sense yaar, like button to press kar de
     
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    Already there Blackwater :D


    This 700$ million aid suspension is addition to equal amount held back some 5-6 months ago or is it the same ?
     
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    Fr the first time ever, tune pate ki baat kahi hai!!! My like for it!! :D:D
     
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    A photo-shoot of Gilani with Wen, Hu is expected this week.
     
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    well Gilani will be very afraid to leave Pak lest he is not allowed to return. :wave:
     
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    Then some guy from China will visit Islamabad.:taunt:
     
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    :scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::scared1::shocked::shocked::p:p:p
     
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    In the 80's US used to have the same photo-shoot's with Pakistan,
    But after 30 years they are having gunshots.
     
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    bhai-log this is not the best part. the best part is that their american weapons, which usa lent them during operation Enduring Freedom and WoT, will be of no good use because in future either pakistan wont be able to buy them or usa will not be supplying them.
     
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    US to freeze $700 mn aid to Pakistan

    US to freeze $700 mn aid to Pakistan

    Indo-Asian News Service, Updated: December 13, 2011 12:08 IST


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    Washington: In the midst of a tense standoff with Islamabad, a Congressional panel has agreed to freeze $700 million in US aid to Pakistan unless it helps in the fight against homemade bombs in Afghanistan.

    The freeze on US aid was agreed to by leaders of the armed services committees from both Republican and Democratic parties in the House and Senate as part of a defence bill that is expected to be passed this week.

    The US wants "assurances that Pakistan is countering improvised explosive devices in their country that are targeting our coalition forces", Republican House Representative Howard McKeon told reporters Monday.

    He said the bill would also require the Pentagon to deliver a strategy for improving the effectiveness of US aid to Pakistan, which has received some $20 billion in security and economic aid from the US since 2001.

    Militants use improvised explosive devices as the most effective weapons against US and coalition troops in Afghanistan. Many are made using ammonium nitrate, a common fertiliser shipped across the border from Pakistan.

    "The vast majority of the material used to make improvised explosive devices used against US forces in Afghanistan originates from two fertilizer factories inside Pakistan," Senator John McCain, 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said last week.

    The freeze agreement comes amid the worsening of US-Pakistan relations over a Nov 26 NATO airstrike killing 24 Pakistani soldiers near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

    US relations with the key ally have been strained since the May 2 US raid in which Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in his hideout in the military town of Abbottabad near Islamabad.

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    Could someone convey my heartiest condolences to Gilani, Kiyani and the gang?

    Now who will feed and clothe Pakistan.
    :eek:

    They are Uncle Scrooge and Silas Marner rolled in one!
     
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    Pakistani economy can survive on remittance it receives. For other things, they've China to fulfill wishes on soft-loan.
     
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    US Congress panel freezes $700m worth of Pakistan aid

    A US Congressional panel has frozen $700m (£450m) in aid to Pakistan until it gives assurances it is tackling the spread of homemade bombs in the region.

    The move reflects US frustration over what it sees as Islamabad's reluctance to act against militant groups.

    But it has has been criticised by senior Pakistani politicians.

    The killing by US forces of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in May and continuing US drone strikes in Pakistan have badly strained ties between the countries.

    Washington is also known to be unhappy about what it sees as lacklustre Pakistani efforts to counter the al Qaeda-linked Haqqani network, which it believes operates out of Pakistan and fights US troops in Afghanistan.

    Correspondents say that Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of American foreign aid and the cutback announced on Tuesday is only a small proportion of the billions of dollars it receives from Washington every year in civil and military assistance.

    But the freeze in aid - part of a defence bill that is expected to be passed by Congress later this week - could presage even greater cuts, correspondents say.

    Washington has provided about $20bn (£12.8m) in security and economic aid to Pakistan since 2001, much of it in the form of reimbursements for assistance in fighting militants.

    Islamabad has not only failed to act against militant groups - in some cases it has actively provided help to them, some in Congress say.

    They are particularly aggrieved over suspicions that homemade bombs - or improvised explosive devices (IEDs) - are being made by militants based in Pakistan for use against US and Nato troops in Afghanistan.

    IEDs are among the most effective weapons of the militants, and are responsible for most coalition casualties in Afghanistan.

    Many are reportedly made using ammonium nitrate, a common fertiliser which Washington believes is being smuggled across the border from Pakistan.

    The US wants "assurances that Pakistan is countering improvised explosive devices in their country that are targeting our coalition forces", Representative Howard McKeon, a House Republican, said.

    Pakistan, however, argues that it is doing its utmost to fight al-Qaeda and the Taliban - and hundreds of soldiers have been killed since it joined the US-led war in Afghanistan in 2001.

    Foreign ministry spokesman Abdul Basit told the Reuters news agency on Tuesday that "suggested pressure" from the US would hurt ties.

    Mr Basit said that Pakistan prefers to believe "in co-operative approaches" between the two sides.

    Last month Pakistan accused Nato of killing 24 Pakistani soldiers in an air strike near the Afghan border - and has stopped fuel being supplied from Pakistan to Nato forces in Afghanistan as a sign of its anger.
     
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    The US wants "assurances that Pakistan is countering improvised explosive devices in their country that are targeting our coalition forces", Republican House Representative Howard McKeon told reporters Monday.

    He said the bill would also require the Pentagon to deliver a strategy for improving the effectiveness of US aid to Pakistan, which has received some $20 billion in security and economic aid from the US since 2001.

    Militants use improvised explosive devices as the most effective weapons against US and coalition troops in Afghanistan. Many are made using ammonium nitrate, a common fertiliser shipped across the border from Pakistan.

    "The vast majority of the material used to make improvised explosive devices used against US forces in Afghanistan originates from two fertilizer factories inside Pakistan," Senator John McCain, 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said last week.

    The freeze agreement comes amid the worsening of US-Pakistan relations over a Nov 26 NATO airstrike killing 24 Pakistani soldiers near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

    US relations with the key ally have been strained since the May 2 US raid in which Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in his hideout in the military town of Abbottabad near Islamabad.

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