US Aid For Military Support
Pak to get ‘next to nothing’
WASHINGTON, Mar 15: The amount of money that Pakistan receives in 2020 from US as military fund for counter-terrorism operations on its soil against terrorists is expected to be almost next to nothing, a report said. This comes as the Trump administration has reduced its budgetary request for the funds used to compensate coalition partners for military and logistical support by half.
The US Department of defence released a summary of budgetary requests which revealed that the fiscal year 2020 budget request for Coalition Support Fund (CSF) of $450 million was $450 million (or 50%) less than that of FY 2019, when $900 million was allocated for it.
In 2019, Pakistan was supposed to receive $700 mn out of the $900 mn requested by the US Department of defence. However, the Congress only authorised $350 mn in the National Defense Authorization Act 2019, which was meant to be distributed among other countries, as well as used for border security.
The timing of the budgetary announcements, though a complete coincidence, nails Pakistan's support and use of terrorists at a time when it faces global scrutiny and isolation in the aftermath of the terrorist strike in Pulwama.
Of the $900 mn requested for 2019, $700 mn was meant for Pakistan and the rest for other countries. Congress granted only $350 mn in the National Defense Authorization Act 2019, which was also to be shared with other countries, and was meant for border security. The amount left for Pakistan was only $150 mn, according to experts, That authorisation runs out in December.
Pakistan has been the principal beneficiary of the CSF, as confirmed by Lt Colonel Kone Faulkner, a Pentagon spokesperson, till before the current freeze. It received an estimated $14.5 billion since 2002, for operational support provided to US forces in Afghanistan and counter-terrorism operations it has carried out on its soil against terrorists. -HINDUSTAN TIMES