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White House Objects to NDAA New Version’s limits on Aid to Pakistan

The Obama administration has said that any imposed conditions on the military assistance to Pakistan would only complicate the process of building bi-lateral ties and will also go against the interests of United States, sources said.

The White House defended the military assistance to Pakistan without added constraints and opposed the US Senate’s version of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) that imposes condition on $300 million aid to Pakistan and is scheduled to be debated later this week. This NDAA version was passed last month and called for suspending $450 million aid to Pakistan which is half the amount promised to Pakistan in Coalition Support Fund (CSF). The Act had reduced it to $300 million and total to $800 million.

This new version will also need certification from the secretary of defence without issuing a waiver that Islamabad had been helpful in war against terrorism and that it had taken effective and productive actions against militant groups.

A statement issued from White House said, “We share the committee’s concerns regarding the threat posed to our forces and interests in Afghanistan by the Haqqani network and we continue to engage with Pakistan at the highest levels regarding the need for concerted action specifically against the group”. It added that the restrictions proposed by the Senate would “unnecessarily complicate” progress in Pakistan-US ties and will also hamper the defence secretary’s capacity to act according to US’s national interests.


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