Pentagon Refuses $300 Million In Military Reimbursements To Pakistan

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Pentagon Refuses $300 Million In Military Reimbursements To Pakistan
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The Pentagon has refused a $300 million in military reimbursements to Pakistan as the US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is yet to verify on Islamabad’s strong stance against the terrorists group Haqqani network.

"The funds could not be released to the Government of Pakistan at this time because the Secretary has not yet certified that Pakistan has taken sufficient action against the Haqqani network," Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said on Wednesday, Dawn reports.

The $300 million comes under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), a US Defense Department program to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-terrorist and counter-insurgency operations. Pakistan is the largest recipient.

"This decision does not reduce the significance of the sacrifices that the Pakistani military has undertaken over the last two years," Stump added.

According to Pentagon data, about $14 billion has already been paid to Pakistan under the CSF since 2002.

There has been growing resistance in the US Congress to sending money to Pakistan. Many lawmakers have expressed concern about its nuclear program, commitment to fighting terrorist organizations and cooperation in the Afghanistan peace process.

In March, Republican Senator Bob Corker said he would use his power as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to bar any US funding for Islamabad's purchase of $700 million of Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 fighter jets.

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