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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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US Offering Rewards Upto $10mn for Information on Lebanon Hezbollah Finances

The payments will be made by the State Department's Rewards for Justice program, which until now has focused on offering cash rewards for information that leads to the capture of wanted terrorists

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FILE - Hezbollah fighters parade in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Nov. 12, 2010. VOA

The United States is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant organization.

The U.S. State Department announced the award Monday, saying it would be paid to those who give information about major Hezbollah donors and financiers as well as businesses that support the organization and banks that facilitate the group’s transactions.

The payments will be made by the State Department’s Rewards for Justice program, which until now has focused on offering cash rewards for information that leads to the capture of wanted terrorists.

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The United States is offering a reward of up to $10 million for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant organization. Pixabay

Hezbollah was designated as a foreign terrorist organization by the State Department in 1997.

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The Shi’ite group, backed by Iran, has recently been increasing its influence on Lebanon’s government. It has also been growing its regional clout, including sending fighters to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad.

The State Department said its Rewards for Justice program has paid more than $150 million to more than 100 people for giving information that helped brings terrorists to justice or prevented acts of terrorism. The program began in 1984. (VOA)