In conditioning USD 400 million of its coalition support

In conditioning USD 400 million of its coalition support

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In conditioning USD 400 million of its coalition support
fund assistance to Pakistan, the conference committee entered into a comprise between the House and Senate versions of the bill.
The Senate bill contained a provision that would provide the Secretary of Defence the authority to reimburse Pakistan up to USD 800 million in fiscal year 2017 for certain activities that enhance the security situation in the northwest regions of Pakistan and along the Afghanistan- Pakistan border.
The provision would also make USD 300 million of this amount contingent upon a certification from the Secretary of Defence that Pakistan is taking demonstrable steps against the Haqqani Network in Pakistan.
The figure in the House version was USD 900 million and USD 450 million respectively.
The final version of NDAA, however, did not carry the House provision that sought to establish findings and a sense of Congress regarding the continued detention of Shakil Afridi by the Pakistani government.
The conferees noted that contributions of Afridi to efforts to locate Osama bin Laden remain and are expressed concern about Afridi’s continuing incarceration. They urged Pakistan to release him immediately.
The US State Department designated the Haqqani network as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation in September 2012.
The outfit has planned and carried out a number of significant kidnappings and attacks against US interests in Afghanistan, as well as Afghan government and civilian targets.
The group is also blamed for several deadly attacks against Indian interests in Afghanistan including the 2008 bombing of the Indian mission in Kabul that killed 58 people.
In June last year, Afghanistan’s intelligence agency arrested a group of Haqqani network militants who plotted terror attack from Pakistan on a popular guest house in Kabul that killed 14 people, including four Indians.
The terrorists had attacked the guest house thinking Indian Ambassador Amar Sinha was present in the compound. PTI LKJ MRJ AKJ
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