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US' anti-terror funding for Pak becomes difficult

ANI  |  Washington (USA) 

The United States (US) has made it difficult for to get the US funding in the name of fight against terror.

Now, the US Secretary of Defense will have to certify that is not providing military, financial, or logistical support to any individuals designated by the U.S. as a terrorist operating in or

But, the current limitations on military reimbursement funding to only apply to one terrorist group: the Haqqani Network.

The new restrictions came into force after the US passed National Defence Authorization Act for 2017.

Pak amendments were proposed by Republican Congressman Ted Poe, who tweeted: "Today, took a step forward to end Pakistan's betrayal of the US with the addition of an additional certification requirement."

In a statement, Poe said, "Today, the House-passed bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act that helps to rebuild our military, increases funding to close readiness gaps, and gives our troops their biggest pay raise in eight years."

He further added that "this bill included two of my amendments to strengthen border security and require that the Pentagon assess Pakistan's support for known terrorists before handing over US dollars to Islamabad."

He termed as a Benedict Arnold ally who supports multiple terrorist organizations, including groups that target Americans working to stabilize

Benedict Arnold was an American general who defected to the British army in 18th century.

Poe, who is a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade, along with Democrat Congressman Rick Nolan in January introduced the bipartisan bill seeking to revoke Pakistan's status as a major non-Nato ally (MNNA), which was granted in 2004 by then US President George W Bush.

They had argued that since has failed to effectively fight terrorism, it no longer deserves US economic and military assistance.

It is notable that Rahmatullah Nabil, former chief of Afghan Spy Agency, the National Directorate of Security (NDS), has disclosed classified documents, which reveal that the money provided by the United States Government to the military for fighting terrorism is being spent by the country's intelligence agency, ISI, for promoting and supporting terrorism.

The US also asked to release Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician who helped the CIA run a fake hepatitis vaccine program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to confirm Osama bin Laden's presence in the city.

The US said that "Dr. Shakil Afridi is an international hero and that the government of should release him immediately from prison".

The National Defence Authorization Act for 2017 has good news for India as the US has asked the Department of Defence and State Department to take specified actions to increase defense and security cooperation with India.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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