U.S.’ security assistance to Pakistan falls by 73 per cent since 2011

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The U.S.’ security assistance to Pakistan has declined by 73 per cent since 2011 due to the deterioration in ties following the killing of Osama bin Laden in a Navy SEALs raid on his Abbottabad hideout, according to a Congressional report. The report prepared for the U.S. Congress by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) covers both military and economic assistance given between 2002 and 2015 as well as those earmarked for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Dawn newspaper reporting from Washington said the report shows a 53 per cent decrease in economic assistance since 2011.
The bilateral relationship started deteriorating after the killing of al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a daring US Navy SEALs raid in Abbottabad and a U.S. airstrike on a Pakistani border post in Salala that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
Earlier this month, the Pentagon decided not to pay $300 million in military reimbursements to Islamabad over its alleged reluctance to act against the Haqqani network, a charge Islamabad had immediately rejected.
Security aid fell 73 per cent from nearly $1.3 billion in 2011 to $343 million in 2015. Economic aid declined from nearly $1.2 billion in 2011 to $ 561 million in 2015, the report said.
The cancelled $ 300 million payments were in the form of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) under which Pakistan has received over $14 billion since 2002.
The CSF accounted for “as much as one-fifth of Pakistan’s total military expenditures” from 2002 to 2014, said the CRS, a U.S. government news and analysis service for Congress.
The CSF is meant to reimburse U.S.-allied nations “for their operational and logistical support of U.S.-led counterterrorism operations”.
The Pentagon has reported that nearly half the CSF assistance to Pakistan is used for food and ammunition.

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