The US House Armed Services Committee has called for further cuts to US military aid provided to Pakistan until the country demonstrates a commitment to tackle insurgency.
In his markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019), the committee’s chairman Mac Thornberry said USD350 million of the USD700 million allocated to Pakistan under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) should be withheld.
The proposed legislation said the restriction should be in place “until the [US] Secretary of Defense [has] certified that Pakistan is taking demonstrable steps against the Haqqani Network”.
According to Jane's World Insurgency and Terrorism , the Haqqani Network is linked closely to the Taliban.
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