This weekend, the Pentagon decided to strip Islamabad of $300 million in security assistance over its perceived failure to confront militants within its borders. The White House earlier accused Pakistan of proving safe havens for militant groups operating in Afghanistan, which Islamabad denied.
The $300 million fund earlier scrapped by the Pentagon was not aid but compensation from the US for the damage that Pakistan suffered in the war against terror, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Sunday, as quoted by the Karachi-based daily The News International.
“It was not aid. It was our money which was spent on the country’s participation in the US war against terrorism,” he said.
“Pakistan has sacrificed thousands of lives and spent huge amounts from their own resources against terrorism and now the US had to reimburse that amount under the Coalition Support Fund.”
US Cuts $300 Million in Aid to Pakistan Over Failure to Tackle Terrorists
The statement comes ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pakistan on Wednesday and after the Pentagon moved to cancel its so-called Coalition Support Funds to Pakistan. “Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy the remaining $300 (million) was reprogramed,” a Pentagon spokesman said on Saturday.
The Pentagon’s decision to scrap the multimillion package was announced after the US State Department suspended at least $900 million…