The Pentagon’s move, which needs to be approved by the US Congress. (File)
Pakistan claimed Sunday that the USD 300 million aid the Pentagon has decided to scrap was not a military aid as the US owed this money to Islamabad for its support in the war on terror and was supposed to reimburse it.
Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said the matter would be taken up during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming visit to the country.
“The USD 300 million is neither aid nor assistance – it is the money Pakistan spent from its resources against militants and in the war against terrorism. This is the money they (US) are supposed to reimburse, but now either they are not willing or unable to pay back,” he was quoted as saying by the BBC Urdu.
He said the US in principle should pay back the money to Pakistan because it was spent for a common objective to defeat militancy and create peace and stability.
The Pentagon has announced that the US will cancel USD 300 million in military aid to Pakistan over its failure to take “decisive actions” to support President Donald Trump’s new South Asia policy and act against terror groups like the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The announcement comes just days before Mr Pompeo is due to visit Pakistan to meet the country’s new prime minister Imran Khan. The US and others have long complained that Pakistan provides safe haven to militant networks, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan.