US Congress approves $700 million for Pakistan under CSF

ISLAMABAD – The US Congress has given green signal to release around 700 million dollars under the umbrella of Coalition Support Fund, a reimbursement amount for Pakistan on its continued support of US operations in Afghanistan.

the amount reconciled valuing 350 million dollars to Pakistan would be released soon under the CSF contigent upon certification from the Secretary Defence that Pakistan is taking demonstrable steps against the Haqqani network.

The National Defence Aurhorisation Act urged the defence department to monitor Washington’s security assistance to Pakistan and ensure that the country did not use it to support militant groups

It said the US administration would release the restricted amount of $350 million if the secretary of defence certified to the congressional committees that Pakistan continued to conduct military operations that were contributing to disrupting safe havens, fundraising and recruiting efforts, and freedom of movement of the Haqqani network and Lashkar-e-Taiba in Pakistan, the report foreign news agency said.

The secretary will also have to certify that Pakistan took steps to demonstrate its commitment to prevent the Haqqani network and LeT from using Pakistani territory as a safe haven and for fundraising or recruiting efforts.