Newspaper: US Defence Act tightens restrictions on aid to Pakistan

Newspaper: US Defence Act tightens restrictions on aid to Pakistan

Newspaper: US Defence Act tightens restrictions on aid to Pakistan

One of the amendments, moved by Mr Rohrabacher, adds a stipulation "requiring that, prior to the disbursement of certain funds, the secretary of defence certify to the Congress that Pakistan is not using its military or any funds or equipment provided by the United States to persecute minority groups seeking political or religious freedom".

Poe's most recent comments targeting Pakistan were made after the US House of Representatives - the lower house of the country's Congress - passed bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act, which includes Poe's amendment on Pakistan.

After the passage of the National Defence Authorization Act for 2017, Poe tweeted: "Today, Congress took a step forward to end Pakistan's betrayal of the U.S. with the addition of an additional certification requirement".

The proposal is a part of the 2018 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations draft bill which was distributed among the members of the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday, reports the Dawn. As per the new norms, US Secretary of Defense will have to certify that Pakistan is not providing military, financial, or logistical aid to any individuals designated by the US as terrorist operating in Pakistan or Afghanistan.

- The new norms have been enacted in the form of a law in US.

Ted Poe, a Republican Congressman who recently moved an amendment to a US Congress piece of legislation, has previously called Pakistan US's "ugliest ally" and has said that it has "American blood on its hands".

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Poe in a statement said, "It is well known that Pakistan is a Benedict Arnold ally who supports multiple terrorist organisations, including groups that target Americans working to stabilise Afghanistan". For those who don't know, Benedict Arnold was an American general who defected to the British army in 18th century.

Poe himself recently authored an opinion for the Washington Times in which he called Pakistan the "ugliest of the bunch" of United States allies.

The US Congress has already asked the Department of Defence and State Department to take specified actions to increase defense and security cooperation with India. Nabil had disclosed classified documents, which revealed that the money provided by the United States Government to the Pakistan military for fighting terrorism is being spent by the country's intelligence agency, ISI, for promoting and supporting terrorism.

Bera emphasised that it was important for USA and India to develop a strategy in order to boost defence cooperation between the two countries.

The third amendment, by Mr Rohrabacher, "expresses a sense of Congress that Dr Shakil Afridi is an worldwide hero and that the government of Pakistan should release him immediately from prison".

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