U.S.’ security assistance to Pakistan falls by 73 per cent since 2011
U.S.’ security assistance to Pakistan falls by 73 per cent since 2011 [IR, Security]
The U.S.’ security assistance to Pakistan has declined by 73 per cent since 2011 due to the deterioration in ties following the killing of Osama bin Laden in a Navy SEALs raid on his Abbottabad hideout and a U.S. airstrike on a Pakistani border post in Salala that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
The report covers both military and economic assistance given between 2002 and 2015 as well as those earmarked for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
Earlier this month, the Pentagon decided not to pay $300 million in military reimbursements to Islamabad over its alleged reluctance to act against the Haqqani network, a charge Islamabad had immediately rejected.
The cancelled $ 300 million payments were in the form of Coalition Support Fund (CSF) under which Pakistan has received over $14 billion since 2002.
TheCSFaccountedfor “asmuchasone-fifthofPakistan’s totalmilitary expenditures” from 2002 to 2014.
The CSF is meant to reimburse U.S.-allied nations “for their operational and logistical support of U.S.-led counterterrorism operations”.
The Pentagon has reported that nearly half the CSF assistance to Pakistan is used for food and ammunition.
The CRS data shows that CSF accounts for 43 per cent of $ 32.2 billion worth of U.S. government financial transfers to Pakistan from 2002 to 2015.
Economic aid comprises 33 per cent of transfers at $10.6 billion followed by 24 per cent in security aid at $ 7.6 billion. Since 2001, Pakistan has paid or is still paying $2.5 billion for U.S. arms.
This includes big-ticket items such as $1.43 billion for 18 new F—16C/D Block 52 Fighting Falcon combat aircraft and additional armaments for the aircraft at a cost of $ 629 million.