Strained ties caused slowdown in US arms sales to Pak
Washington: The downswing in relations between the United States and Pakistan in recent months reduced the pace of US arms sales to Pakistan, a Congressional report has revealed.
"In dollar value terms, the bulk of purchases have been made with Pakistani national funds, but US grants have eclipsed these in recent years," said the report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), an independent research wing of the US Congress.
"Major discord in the US-Pakistan bilateral relationships beginning mid-fiscal year 2011 has slowed the pace of transfers and deliveries considerably," the Daily Times quoted from the report.
In its report, the CRS informed US lawmakers that major arms sales and grants to Pakistan since 2001, worth 7.9 billion dollars, have included items useful for counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations, along with a number of big ticket platforms more suited to conventional warfare.
The Pentagon reports total Foreign Military Sales agreements with Pakistan worth about 5.4 billion dollars for fiscal year 2002 to fiscal year 2010.
In addition, the US has provided Pakistan with nearly 2.5 billion dollars in Foreign Military Financing since 2001. These funds have been used to purchase US military equipment for longer-term modernisation efforts. Pakistan has also been granted US defence supplies as Excess Defence Articles.