World Bulletin / News Desk
The US Defense Department has withheld $50 million in Pakistan military payments after Pentagon chief Jim Mattis determined Islamabad is not doing enough to counter the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, an official said Friday.
The United States had allotted $900 million in military aid to Pakistan through the special fund.
The country has already received $550 million of that, but Mattis's decision means $50 million will be withheld. The remaining $300 million was rescinded by Congress as part of a broader appropriations act.
"This decision does not reduce the significance of the sacrifices that the Pakistani military has undertaken over previous years," Stump said.
"Pakistan still has time to take action against the Haqqani network in order to influence the secretary's certification decision in FY17," he added.
The Taliban-affiliated Haqqani network, based in the border areas between Afghanistan and Pakistan, has long been thought to have ties to Pakistan's shadowy military establishment.
Led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is also the Taliban's deputy leader, they have carried out numerous operations deep in the heart of Kabul, and have been blamed by Afghanistan for a devastating truck bombing that killed more than 150 people in the capital in May.Last Mod: 21 Temmuz 2017, 17:37