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US giving $1.6 bn aid to Pakistan to fight terror

Oct 22 2013, 1:00am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) The US justified plans to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan saying it was doing so partly to build Islamabad's counterinsurgency and counterterrorism capabilities "encouraged by an improvement in bilateral ties".

Washington, Oct 22 — The US justified plans to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan saying it was doing so partly to build Islamabad's counterinsurgency and counterterrorism...

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US giving $1.6 bn aid to Pakistan to fight terror

Oct 22 2013, 1:00am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) The US justified plans to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan saying it was doing so partly to build Islamabad's counterinsurgency and counterterrorism capabilities "encouraged by an improvement in bilateral ties".

Washington, Oct 22 — The US justified plans to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan saying it was doing so partly to build Islamabad's counterinsurgency and counterterrorism capabilities "encouraged by an improvement in bilateral ties".

"This is part of a long process of restarting security assistance cooperation that was slowed during 2011-12 when we had some bilateral challenges," state department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Monday.

Among the signs of improved ties, she pointed to the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his first to Washington since his election in May. He met Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday and is set to meet President Barack Obama Wednesday.

"The visit last night with Secretary Kerry and Mr. Sharif was a good one," Harf said. "And so we're going to move forward with this 1.6 billion" which is separate from $1.16 billion that the administration has asked for 2014 Fiscal Year.

The $1.6 billion in military and economic aid was from previous multi-year funding "that had been designated for Pakistan but that had been slowed because of the bilateral challenges", she said.

Harf didn't spell out the "bilateral challenges" but aid to Pakistan had been blocked because of tension over events including drone strikes and the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan.

The spokesperson said she didn't have an exact breakdown, but the $1.6 billion is "close to being 50/50" between security and military.

"The security assistance will work on to continue to build the counterinsurgency and counterterrorism capabilities of Pakistan's security forces," Harf said.

"This is especially important in the western border regions when we're talking about fighting Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups," she said.

Asked if the issue of US drone strikes that has caused a lot of anger in Pakistan was discussed during the Kerry-Sharif meeting, the spokesperson said she did not have any specific information but "obviously, counterterrorism is an issue that we discuss all the time with the Pakistanis".

"Again, we're going to keep talking to the Pakistanis about this," Harf said referring to a speech by Obama "when he talked about our counterterrorism operations, when he talked about the fact that, in any operation, we undertake every effort to limit civilian casualties".

A State Department statement issued after the Kerry-Sharif meeting said it was their third meeting in three months, "and continued the robust dialogue on our shared goal of a stable, secure, and prosperous Pakistan".

"Discussions covered a broad range of domestic and regional issues, including peace and security, counterterrorism cooperation, collaboration on Pakistan's energy sector, increasing bilateral trade and investment, and the common interest in a secure and stable Afghanistan.

"Both sides agreed on the importance of our continued counterterrorism cooperation, and that extremism is countered in part by opportunities arising from greater economic stability," the statement added.

"To that end, the US, Pakistan's largest trading partner, remains committed to an economic relationship increasingly based on trade and investment."

Sharif Monday also met with US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and US Trade Representative Michael Froman and addressed a gathering of business leaders at the US-Pakistan Business Council.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

IANS

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CREDIT: AP Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, spurring all sorts of congratulatory remarks from around the world, the Pakistani education and women’s rights activist is still a controversial in her home country. Conspiracy theories relating to her connection to Western countries began to circulate around Yousafzai soon after she was shot in head by a Taliban gunman on her way home from school in October of 2012. The ...
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SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Troops traded heavy fire between Pakistan and Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least four civilians and worsening tensions between the long-time rivals, officials on both sides said Wednesday. The fire exchanges — which Indian officials called the worst violation of a 2003 cease-fire — also wounded 18 civilians on the Indian side and another three on the Pakistani side. ...
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360° Coverage : US giving $1.6 bn aid to Pakistan to fight terror

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US giving $1.6 bn aid to Pakistan to fight terror
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US giving $1.6 bn aid to Pakistan to fight terror

Oct 22 2013, 1:00am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) The US justified plans to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan saying it was doing so partly to build Islamabad's counterinsurgency and counterterrorism capabilities "encouraged by an improvement in bilateral ties".

Washington, Oct 22 — The US justified plans to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan saying it was doing so partly to build Islamabad's counterinsurgency and counterterrorism...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

US giving $1.6 bn aid to Pakistan to fight terror

Oct 22 2013, 1:00am CDT | by IANS

Washington, Oct 22 (IANS) The US justified plans to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan saying it was doing so partly to build Islamabad's counterinsurgency and counterterrorism capabilities "encouraged by an improvement in bilateral ties".

Washington, Oct 22 — The US justified plans to release more than $1.6 billion in aid to Pakistan saying it was doing so partly to build Islamabad's counterinsurgency and counterterrorism capabilities "encouraged by an improvement in bilateral ties".

"This is part of a long process of restarting security assistance cooperation that was slowed during 2011-12 when we had some bilateral challenges," state department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Monday.

Among the signs of improved ties, she pointed to the visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his first to Washington since his election in May. He met Secretary of State John Kerry Sunday and is set to meet President Barack Obama Wednesday.

"The visit last night with Secretary Kerry and Mr. Sharif was a good one," Harf said. "And so we're going to move forward with this 1.6 billion" which is separate from $1.16 billion that the administration has asked for 2014 Fiscal Year.

The $1.6 billion in military and economic aid was from previous multi-year funding "that had been designated for Pakistan but that had been slowed because of the bilateral challenges", she said.

Harf didn't spell out the "bilateral challenges" but aid to Pakistan had been blocked because of tension over events including drone strikes and the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan.

The spokesperson said she didn't have an exact breakdown, but the $1.6 billion is "close to being 50/50" between security and military.

"The security assistance will work on to continue to build the counterinsurgency and counterterrorism capabilities of Pakistan's security forces," Harf said.

"This is especially important in the western border regions when we're talking about fighting Al Qaeda and its affiliated groups," she said.

Asked if the issue of US drone strikes that has caused a lot of anger in Pakistan was discussed during the Kerry-Sharif meeting, the spokesperson said she did not have any specific information but "obviously, counterterrorism is an issue that we discuss all the time with the Pakistanis".

"Again, we're going to keep talking to the Pakistanis about this," Harf said referring to a speech by Obama "when he talked about our counterterrorism operations, when he talked about the fact that, in any operation, we undertake every effort to limit civilian casualties".

A State Department statement issued after the Kerry-Sharif meeting said it was their third meeting in three months, "and continued the robust dialogue on our shared goal of a stable, secure, and prosperous Pakistan".

"Discussions covered a broad range of domestic and regional issues, including peace and security, counterterrorism cooperation, collaboration on Pakistan's energy sector, increasing bilateral trade and investment, and the common interest in a secure and stable Afghanistan.

"Both sides agreed on the importance of our continued counterterrorism cooperation, and that extremism is countered in part by opportunities arising from greater economic stability," the statement added.

"To that end, the US, Pakistan's largest trading partner, remains committed to an economic relationship increasingly based on trade and investment."

Sharif Monday also met with US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and US Trade Representative Michael Froman and addressed a gathering of business leaders at the US-Pakistan Business Council.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

IANS

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6 weeks ago

Pakistan Issues Nuclear Warning to India

Oct 11 2014 9:49am CDT | Source: Big Government

On October 9, Pakistan reminded India it is capable of nuking them if necessary. This reminder came in response to Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley's warning that border "adventurism" near Jammu and Kashmir would prove "unaffordable" for Pakistan.  India Today reports that Pakistani Defense Minister Khawaja Asif responded to Jaitley by saying, "India must demonstrate caution and behave with responsibility." He stressed that ...
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6 weeks ago

In Her Home Country Of Pakistan, Many Believe Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Is A CIA Spy

Oct 10 2014 12:15pm CDT | Source: ThinkProgress

CREDIT: AP Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, spurring all sorts of congratulatory remarks from around the world, the Pakistani education and women’s rights activist is still a controversial in her home country. Conspiracy theories relating to her connection to Western countries began to circulate around Yousafzai soon after she was shot in head by a Taliban gunman on her way home from school in October of 2012. The Taliban have vowed to kill Yousafzai ...
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6 weeks ago

India, Pakistan Exchange Fire On Kashmir Border, At Least 4 Dead

Oct 8 2014 7:40am CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Troops traded heavy fire between Pakistan and Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing at least four civilians and worsening tensions between the long-time rivals, officials on both sides said Wednesday. The fire exchanges — which Indian officials called the worst violation of a 2003 cease-fire — also wounded 18 civilians on the Indian side and another three on the Pakistani side. The violence has spread since Sunday night along the 200-k ...
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India, Pakistan Exchange Fire over Kashmir Border

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SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Pakistani troops fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between Kashmir and Pakistan for a second day Tuesday, with both accusing the other of provoking the violence.   Police in both countries said troops exchanged fire for hours overnight, killing a Pakistani man and injuring at least 22 others. Earlier violence on Monday killed nine civilians. Tens of thousands of villagers have fled their homes near the border for safety, officials said. Indian ...
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