14 Feb '18, 3am

US swings a $351 million cheque before Pakistan in 2019 budget

US swings a $351 million cheque before Pakistan in 2019 budget

Despite deteriorating ties that has resulted in suspension of nearly $2 billion in US aid to Pakistan, the Trump administration is dangling an additional $351 million before Islamabad in the 2019 budget, hoping to change its behavior, including its sponsorship of terrorism in the region. The proposed 2019 US aid to Pakistan is a pittance compared to the billions that Islamabad once bilked Washington for as a purported partner in the fight for terrorism, a bluff that President Trump called out in a New Year’s Day tweet. But even the $351 million laid out for 2019 – about $10 million less than 2018 allotment — is significant considering US officials have clarified the suspended amount is still on the table and Pakistan can reclaim it if it aligns itself with US goals in the region. The Budget document requests $256 million for Pakistan in economic and other assistance "to he...

Full article: http://www.defencenews.in/article.aspx?id=536409

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