Trump administration to access 255 million USD to Pakistan only if it takes stringent action against terror groups
 Source : NewsBharati  Date : 01-Sep-2017

Washington, September 1: Despite knowing the fact that Pakistan provides safe haven to terrorist organizations, the Trump administration has given USD 255 million worth of conditional military assistance to Islamabad.

 

Notably, the US administration on Thursday sanctioned USD 255 million worth of conditional military assistance to Pakistan attaching new conditions including that the country can access only if it takes more action against terror groups.

Also, the Trump administration has notified the Congress about it that it was putting USD 255 million in military assistance to Pakistan which can be only accessed if it does more to crack down on internal terror networks launching attacks on neighbouring Afghanistan.

The State Department said in a statement that the Department notified Congress on Wednesday of its intent to obligate 255 million US dollars in the financial year 2016 Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Pakistan. State Department also said that it is putting the entire amount into an escrow account that Pakistan could access only if it did more to eradicate alleged terrorist safe havens in the tribal areas and stopped cross-border attacks in Afghanistan.

Consistent with its new South Asia strategy, the decision allows Washington the flexibility to continue reviewing its level of cooperation with Pakistan prior to committing new security assistance resources to projects in Pakistan said the statement. The FMF provides grants and loans to help countries purchase US weapons and defence equipment and for acquiring defence services and military training in the United States.

Interestingly, the sanction of the amount came a week after President Donald Trump hit out at Pakistan for providing safe havens to terror groups that kill Americans in Afghanistan. He also warned Pakistan that it has "much to lose" by harbouring terrorists. Earlier, Pakistan has accused the US of making unjustified allegations against it after Trump's policy announcement.