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Pak to get up to $700 mn as counter-insurgency fund from US

Last Updated: Friday, October 9, 2009 - 15:17

Washington: Pakistan would receive up to USD 700 million as counter-insurgency fund under the defence authorisation bill passed by American Congress to equip and strengthen its armed forces in the fight against terrorism.
The defence bill for the year 2010, passed by the Congress yesterday, provides an oversight of the Pakistani Counter-insurgency Fund.

The Fund would be resourced with up to USD 700 million transferred from the State Department and is aimed at building the capability of the country`s military, police and Frontier Corps to conduct counter-insurgency operations.

Such a provision has been included in the Defence Authorisation Bill given the past experiences of the US wherein the aid money went to other purposes and was mostly diverted to strengthen the Pakistani Army against India.

The bill also authorises full funding for the President`s request for USD 7.5 billion to train and equip the Afghan National Army and the Afghan National Police.

Besides, it authorises the President`s request for USD 1.6 billion in Coalition Support Funds to reimburse Pakistan and other key partner nations for support they provided to US military operations in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan or Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The bill further requires the Department of Defence to establish a programme of registration and end-use monitoring for defence articles and defence services provided to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Welcoming the passage of the bill, House of Representatives Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, said it provides for the continued responsible redeployment of US troops out of Iraq, and re-focuses America`s efforts on countering al Qaeda and other terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

House Majority Leader, Steny H Hoyer, said the bill sets clear goals and timelines for progress in Afghanistan and funds and trains the Afghan and Pakistani security forces for
counter-insurgency.

It also enhances accountability by requiring the administration to closely track all defence articles provided to Afghanistan and Pakistan, he said.

"One of the gravest threats to our national security is nuclear proliferation. That is why this bill expands counter-proliferation programmes within the Departments of Defence and Energy, including the Cooperative Threat Reduction Programme," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 9, 2009 - 15:17
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