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US may stop military aid to Pakistan, delays Nawab Sharif’s visit to Washington

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By NewsGram Staff-Writer

Washington: In what can turn into a big blow to Pakistan, the US administration has refused to certify the effectiveness of the efforts of Pakistan to curb terrorism, without which Pakistan will not receive the Coalition Support Fund (CSF).

Photo: www.pakistantoday.com.pk
Photo: www.pakistantoday.com.pk

CSF is the military reimbursement that US gives to Pakistan in return for its logistical support to US and coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan. After the US reduced its military deployment in Afghanistan, the CSF was scheduled to end in 2014, but Obama administration renewed it for another year by putting additional stipulations like certification of Pakistan’s counterterror activities by defense secretary etc., according to a report published in Times of India.

But US is not happy with Pakistan after it tried to keep the deaths of Taliban chief Mullah Omar and Haqqani network leader Jalaluddin Haqqania from the US. This has caused a trust deficit in the US towards Pakistan.

It is also being speculated that the US is delaying the proposed visit of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Washington. Though the visit has been mentioned in the Pakistani media, no official announcements have been made by the US administration.

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India Says Pakistan’s Links with Pulwama Attack Clear For All to See

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits

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"The most favoured nation status which has been granted to Pakistan stands withdrawn.", says Jaitley. Pixabay

India has rejected Pakistan Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua’s claims denying her country’s links to the Pulwama terror attack, saying that JeM, which claimed responsibility for the attack on Thursday, is based in Pakistan, and the “links are clear and evident and for all to see”.

The External Affairs Ministry spokesperson on Friday termed as “preposterous” the demand for an investigation, saying there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

The spokesperson said India has not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on bilateral relations and it has been sheltering terrorists and terror organisations such as JeM. He said Islamabad has not taken any action against such groups despite international demands.

India also demanded that Pakistan take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from territories under its control to create a conducive atmosphere in the region free of terror.

The spokesperson’s response came over Pakistan Foreign Secretary’s briefing rejecting Pakistan’s involvement in the terror attack on a paramilitary convoy in Jammu and Kashmir that killed at least 45 troopers. Janjua met envoys of P-5 countries late on Friday.

The spokesperson said JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the attack was a matter of “grave concern” and it had been condemning “heightened acts of violence in the (Kashmir) Valley”. Pixabay

“The organisation and its leadership are located in Pakistan. LeT and other terror groups have welcomed the news of the attack. These groups are also based in Pakistan. Pakistan cannot claim that it is unaware of their presence and their activities.

“They have not taken any action against these groups despite international demands, especially against groups and individuals proscribed by the UN and other countries. The links to Pakistan are clear and evident for all to see. Its own Ministers have shared the same podium with UN proscribed terrorists,” the spokesperson said.

He said there was audio-visual material linking JeM to the terror attack.

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“The demand for an investigation is preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM. There are also other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack. We have therefore no doubt that the claim is firmly established,” the spokesperson said.

He said while there are claims to offer dialogue from Pakistan, it continues to shelter terror outfits.

“We have not seen any constructive approach from Pakistan on relations with India. What we have noticed however, are claims to offer dialogue on the one hand, while sponsoring and sheltering terrorists and terrorist organisations such as JeM on the other,” the spokesperson added. (IANS)