US Quietly Releasing $1.6B in Pakistan Assistance.

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    US Quietly Releasing $1.6B in Pakistan Assistance.
    WASHINGTON October 19, 2013 (AP)
    By BRADLEY KLAPPER Associated Press
    Associated Press

    The U.S. has quietly decided to release more than $1.6 billion in military and economic aid to Pakistan that was suspended when relations between the two countries disintegrated over the covert raid that killed Osama bin Laden and deadly U.S. airstrikes against Pakistani soldiers.

    Officials and congressional aides said ties have improved enough to allow the money to flow again.

    American and NATO supply routes to Afghanistan are open. Controversial U.S. drone strikes are down. The U.S. and Pakistan recently announced the restart of their "strategic dialogue" after a long pause. Pakistan's new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, is traveling to Washington for talks this coming week with President Barack Obama.

    But in a summer dominated by foreign policy debates over the coup in Egypt and chemical weapons attacks in Syria, the U.S. hasn't promoted its revamped aid relationship with Pakistan. Neither has Pakistan.

    The silence reflects the lingering mutual suspicions between the two.

    The Pakistanis do not like being seen as dependent on their heavy-handed partners. The Americans are uncomfortable highlighting the billions provided to a government that is plagued by corruption and perceived as often duplicitous in fighting terrorism.

    Congress has cleared most of the money, and it should start moving early next year, officials and congressional aides said.

    Over three weeks in July and August, the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development informed Congress that it planned to restart a wide range of assistance, mostly dedicated to helping Pakistan fight terrorism. The U.S. sees that effort sees as essential as it withdraws troops from neighboring Afghanistan next year and tries to leave a stable government behind.

    Other funds focus on a range of items, including help for Pakistani law enforcement and a multibillion-dollar dam in disputed territory.

    U.S.-Pakistani relations have weathered numerous crises in recent years. There was a months-long legal battle over a CIA contractor who killed two Pakistanis, in addition to the fallout from bin Laden's killing in the Pakistani military town of Abbottabad in May 2011. The Pakistani government was outraged that it received no advance warning of the Navy SEAL raid on bin Laden's compound.

    Adding to the mistrust, the U.S. mistakenly killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers in November 2011. Islamabad responded by shutting land supply routes for troops in Afghanistan until it received a U.S. apology seven months later.

    The State Department told Congress that the U.S. hadn't conducted any significant military financing for Pakistan since the "challenging and rapidly changing period of U.S.-Pakistan relations" in 2011 and 2012. The department stressed the importance now of enhancing Pakistan's anti-terrorism capabilities through better communications, night vision capabilities, maritime security and precision striking with F16 fighter jets.

    The department told Congress on July 25 that it would spend $295 million to help Pakistan's military. Twelve days later it announced $386 million more. A pair of notifications arriving on Aug. 13 and worth $705 million centered on helping Pakistani troops and air forces operating in the militant hotbeds of western Pakistan, and other counterinsurgency efforts.

    The administration had until the end of September to provide Congress with "reprogramming" plans at the risk of forfeiting some of the money, which spans federal budgets from 2009-2013.

    State Department officials said the renewal of aid wasn't determined by any single event. But they noted a confluence of signs of greater cooperation, from Pakistan's improved commitment to stamping out explosives manufacturing to its recent counterterror offensive in areas bordering Afghanistan that have served as a primary sanctuary for the Taliban.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly about the aid relationship ahead of Sharif's visit. They said the money would start reaching Pakistan in 2014 but take several years to disburse fully.

    In its notifications to Congress, the department described fighting terrorism as a mutual concern but said little about the will of Pakistan's government, army and intelligence services to crack down on militant groups that often have operated with impunity in Pakistan while wreaking havoc on U.S. and international forces across the border in Afghanistan.

    Top American officials have regularly questioned Pakistan's commitment to counterterrorism.

    In 2011, Adm. Mike Mullen, then chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described the militant Haqqani network as a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence. Lawmakers and administration officials have cited Pakistani support for the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other militant groups.

    In September, the administration sent officials from multiple agencies for closed-doors briefings with the House and Senate foreign relations committees, officials and congressional aides said.

    The House Foreign Affairs Committee has cleared all of the notifications. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is reviewing a $280 million chunk of military financing, Senate aides said. Aides spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to talk publicly on the matter.

    "The committee held up the projects to get more information and express concerns," said the office of Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., the House panel's chairman. "Though they went forward, the committee continues its close oversight."

    While Washington has publicly challenged Islamabad to step up its fight against militant groups, Pakistan's biggest complaint has been the huge surge in drone strikes on terrorist targets, which Pakistanis see as violations of their sovereignty. The number of attacks has dropped dramatically this year.

    The countries say they're now moving past the flaps and mishaps that soured their partnership in recent years. During an August trip to Pakistan, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the restart of a high-level "strategic dialogue" with Pakistan on fighting terrorism, controlling borders and fostering investment.

    Among the economic aid programs included in the U.S. package, support for the Diamer-Basha dam near Pakistan's unresolved border with India has the potential for controversy and tremendous benefit.

    Pakistan's government has been unable to secure money for the project from the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank is waiting to hear from the United States and India before providing financing to help construction. The dam faces massive funding shortfalls.

    In its July 24 notification to Congress, USAID said the project could cost up to $15 billion and take a decade to complete. The agency promised only to provide "financial and technical assistance" for studies, including on environmental and social aspects, while expressing hope the dam could be transformative for a country with chronic power shortages. State Department officials put the bill for the studies at $20 million.

    If the dam were ultimately built, USAID wrote, it could provide electricity for 60 million people and 1 million acres of crop land, and provide a ready supply of water for millions more. It noted that Pakistani officials have sought American support at the "highest levels."

    Despite amounting to just a small portion of the overall U.S. aid package, congressional aides said Pakistan's government has lobbied particularly hard for the dam money to be unlocked.

    Pakistan's embassy in Washington refused to comment on the aid or say if Sharif would bring up any specific programs in talks at the White House.

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    Now Pakistan Army will violate LOC almost daily with this US-backed military aid. :tsk:
     
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    One side they Giving assistance to Pakistan and Other side they Pushing Sophisticated weapons to India
     
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    No doubt the military aid will be used against India! I recall watching an interview with Mushy, he said the military equipment pakistan has received to fight the WoT is rotated between the AF-pak border and Indian border.
     
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    They are using Pakistani army and bases to attack Taliban. It's only possible if they pay Pakistan or bring Pakistan under their direct control. As US has not brought Pakistan under their control, it obvious they would have to pay Pakis.
     
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    Apparently India seems to have been taken for a ride.

    I wonder if we have brought it about on ourselves.
     
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    I-G Tihar Jail Banned

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    Pakistani establishment is still trying to involve Americans in the Kashmir issue which is nothing but violation of Shimla Agreements .
     
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    Lucky paki prostitute who still have juice in it
     
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    Y rubbing salt on their injury.

    See Pakistan is getting paid for their mujra, uncle sam is a good client so long it pays.
     
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    It reminds me of a cartoon photo I saw in this forum where Pakistan is sleeping in bed and uncle sam is getting ready while looking at the mirror.
     
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    Quid pro quo.
     
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    Amreeka is two faced hypocrite backstabbing b8tch.
    I am glad we are not there allies.
     
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    Yes...indeed..Oct.21,2013 is an interesting day in History. Paki PM ,Saharif is having summit with US prez. Obama ...and India PM, Singh is having summit with Russian Prez..Putin and then, Chinese Prez and PM, Xi and Li. Is this a coicidence? No..I don't think so.
    It seems to me that US is trying to recreate the scene of early 1980 when US high tech weapons with Saudi money and Paki Mily training created the monster called..Al Quida. Now, probably this same axis is being resurrected to be used against a powerful BRICS group.(Brazil,Russia,India,China,S Africa). Today, Obama is releasing 1.6 Billion dollar of aid to apki and F-16s and other weapons. Only a month ago, 5.6 billion dollar loan was approved by IMF(West Dominated fund). The question is ...Can Paki-Saudi axis control a much more powerful Russia led group which includes giants like India,China Brazil along with S Africa, Iran, Syria, Bangla Desh, Myanmar, Vietnam, North korea, Venezuala, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Bolivia, and the Kazakhstan,Kyrgistan,Uzbekistan,Tajikistan, Beloarus, AND the list keep growing and growing...by each day.
    Did you notice that recently..Paki and US are desperate to start talk with Taliban...what happened to the notion.."we donot negotiate with terrorists."
    See the hypocricy and double talk. Just like people ,countries do not easily change their personalities. Paki will remain a beggar holding a begging bowl standing in front of White House...US will remain an enabler. But, World is changing fast..I can see the glimpses of MULTI-polar World already.
     
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    My suggestion is..India must weaponize to the extreme degree..with Russian co-operation so NO power can dare use Paki against India ever again.
    These powers need to know that Paki has become useless for them...only then..they will stop using this hired "whore" against India.
    Get more Nuclear Submarines, Fighter jets and all kinds of weapons ..what Uncle has......Do what Uncle does..donot do what Uncle says ...AND..Uncle will start respecting you.. Uncle only knows one language..the language of strength.
    Mother India must be protected....Gandhism doesnot work in this brutal,primitive World. India can be democratic,multicultural,secular...does not matter.....in today's World...This World is becoming a jungle due to Uncle's bad judgement and the only rule now is "Survival of the strongest". Wake up to the new reality.
     
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    This is overreacting every nation has relations with other nations for their interests,no nation is
    Exclusive. India does the same eg Iran and Israel.
     
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    Yes..agree that nations have their interests. India's interest is ...to protect itself from a US sponsored Paki who uses terrorism as a state policy. And, infilterates terrorists in Indian Kashmir. If US is against terrorism..then ..apply this across the board. Do-not continue the same old bullshit...our good dictator VS their bad dictator...our good terrorist(taliban) vs. bad terrorists. A nation as strong as US CAN live with its principles ..if there is will. The reason US is losing respect in World because it stopped living by its great principles of freedon,equality and justice for all.
     
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    US is showing again and again that they cannot be trusted......all the news and hype of big defence deals might simply be a cover not to offend india........................should have trusted russians more (my personal opinion).......
     
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    One needs ask a question. What is the fundemental basis for USA and Pakistan relationship. Some say it is to contain india with a pinch of thanks from the past for what they did with Afghanistan (1980s) and PRC (pimping). It's not (at all) because of common beliefs and mentorship.

    Next Pakistan is begging for international intervention in Kashmir and in its relationship with india. It's a dangerous approach as the basis for two nations to talk is that they must both abide by norms and behavior conforming to their status in the comity of nations. If Pakistan wants to tell the world it is unable to talk because it cannot fix its internal problems (excluding Kashmir) for example terrorisim, infiltration, nuclear proliferation, executive control over military, state setup, financial security, and more ... Perhaps the question everyone will ask is why the international community and United Nations is not (more and physically) involved in Pakistan. A bit like what happened in Libya (due to nuclear proliferation and state destabilisation, executive miscontrol).

    I am anticapating the Americans to tell (their aid recipients) the Pakistanis that they have come a long way from when the international community and india supported the democratic setup that enabled elections and the first elected parliament to complete their first full term in its history. A long way that the next prime minister (nawaz) has the courage to highlight such issues with actualisation when they ought to be focusing on what's happening internally. I am waiting for the news where the Americans ask the Pakistanis if they don't want to take care what's happening inside (the four regions) of Pakistan perhaps the international community and United Nations needs to get involved.

    Wait for response of the Americans. I know one thing that their determinations are based on principles that they need to outline when interacting with other states. Will Pakistan try to create another stream (Iran, Afghanistan) to show its usefulness. All it will talk is for America to say take care of your internal problems and make sure you don't create problems in Pakistan otherwise the international community and United Nations will get involved. The Shimla agreement is about Kashmir and from one reading only about POK. If the international border is in attention there is a different composition. What's wrong with Pakistan are they understanding the international community and United Nations can focus on them unilaterally and with motive(s).
     

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