July 24, 2017    1 minute read

US Withholds Pakistan Military Aid

   July 24, 2017    1 minute read

US Withholds Pakistan Military Aid

The Pentagon thinks Pakistan has not done enough to fight terrorism, but the amounts are a drop in the ocean compared to what is coming in from China.

Editor’s Remarks: The US had agreed to give Pakistan $900m of military aid in the 2016 fiscal year, and Congress had already cancelled $300m. Now US Defence Secretary John Mattis has decided that $50m will be held back as Pakistan had not taken sufficient action against the Taliban Haqqani terrorist network. The Pakistan foreign ministry described the actions as “short sighted” and, at a time when the region is focused on the implications of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), it is easy to see why. China now provides over 40% of Pakistan’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and the CPEC is set to bring over $60bn of investment into power generation, infrastructure, agro-industry and tourism. It is in the interest of both the US, and China now, to combat terrorism in the area but the US looks reticent to pay for it.

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