US Adopts Amendment, Put Limitation On Military Reimbursement To Pakistan

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

"Today, Congress took a step forward to end Pakistan's betrayal of the United States with the addition of a certification requirement", he said. But current limitations on military reimbursement funding to Pakistan only apply to one terrorist group: "the Haqqani Network".

Poe's most recent comments targeting Pakistan were made after the US House of Representatives - the lower house of the country's Congress - passed bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, which includes Poe's amendment on Pakistan.

- The landmark amendments were proposed by Republican Congressman Ted Poe, who is a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation & Trade.

- The new norms have been enacted in the form of a law in US.

The legislative amendment moved by Rohrabacher adds a stipulation requiring that prior to the disbursement of certain funds the secretary of defence certify to Congress that Pakistan is not using its military or any funds or equipment provided by the U.S. to persecute minority groups seeking political or religious freedom.

Later, Congressman Poe released a statement, accusing Pakistan of being a "Benedict Arnold Ally" that "supports multiple terrorist organisations, including groups that target Americans working to stabilise Afghanistan".

Benedict Arnold was a general during the American revolutionary war, who originally fought for the American continental army, but defected to the British army.

Poe himself recently authored an opinion for the Washington Times in which he called Pakistan the "ugliest of the bunch" of USA allies.

The US House of Representatives has voted for three legislative amendments to impose tougher conditions for reimbursement of defence funding to Pakistan making it conditional to Islamabad showing satisfactory progress in the fight against terrorism.

Notably, the United States recognizes Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Taiba, both groups that India has long accused Pakistan of tacitly supporting, as terrorist organisations.

- The National Defence Authorization Act for 2017 also brought a good news for India as the US Congress directed the Department of Defence and State Department to take specified actions to boost its defense and security ties with India.

- In another blow, U.S. asked Pakistan to release Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani physician who helped the Central Intelligence Agency run a fake hepatitis vaccine program in Abbottabad, Pakistan, to confirm Osama bin Laden's presence in the city, ostensibly exposing Islamabad's hypocrisy and double standards.

The third amendment, by Mr Rohrabacher, "expresses a sense of Congress that Dr Shakil Afridi is an worldwide hero and that the government of Pakistan should release him immediately from prison".

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