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US Congress approves aid, with caveats

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WASHINGTON: Both chambers of the United States Congress have finally passed the 2017 National Defence Authorisation Act, which includes $1.1 billion for reimbursing the nations supporting US military operations in Afghanistan.

The largest chunk from this amount, $900 million, is available for reimbursement to Pakistan but almost half of it, $400m, has been put out of its reach. To get those $400m, Pakistan will have to get a ‘good conduct’ certificate from the US defence secretary.

Like a schoolmaster waiving the punishment given to a student, the defence secretary will have to certify that Pakistan is “taking demonstrable” steps against the Haqqani network of Afghan militants.

The measures also include a “sense of Congress that Dr Shakil Afridi is an international hero and that the government of Pakistan should release him immediately from prison”.

Dr Afridi led US forces to the compound where Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was hiding and is regarded in the Western world, particularly in the US, as an international hero.

Passed by the Senate by 92 to seven votes on Thursday and by the House of Representatives by 375 to 34 votes last week, the bill now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama to sign it into law.

The act imposes four conditions on Pakistan to qualify to receive assistance from the restricted amount:

The US defence secretary needs to certify to the Congress that Pakistan continues to conduct military operations that are significantly disrupting the safe haven and freedom of movement of the Haqqani network in Pakistan.

He also needs to certify that Pakistan has taken steps to demonstrate its commitment to preventing the group from using its territory.

The secretary needs to certify that Pakistan actively coordinates with Afghanistan to restrict the movement of militants, such as the Haqqani network, along the border.

And the final certification needs to say that Pakistan has shown progress in arresting and prosecuting Haqqani network’s senior leaders and mid-level operatives.

During the 2016 fiscal year, which ended in October, Defence Secretary Ashton Carter refused to make a similar certification and Pakistan did not get the restricted amount of $300m.

The 2017 act “refocuses security assistance to Pakistan on activities that directly support US national security interests and conditions a significant portion of funding on a certification from the secretary of defence that Pakistan is taking demonstrable steps against the Haqqani network in Pakistani territory”, said Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

It allows reimbursement to Pakistan for security activities along the Afghan border, including training and equipment for the Frontier Corps in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

Published in Dawn, December 10th, 2016


Comments (294) Closed



Syed Dec 10, 2016 08:11am

Pakistan should stand up on its feet then no aid is required

GS Dec 10, 2016 08:18am

What a shame !

klp Dec 10, 2016 08:20am

No shame left????

Tai Dec 10, 2016 08:24am

As Hillary clinton once said..'you dont have to take the money'!

ABCD Dec 10, 2016 08:25am

What ever you are telling, you tell US , but pay. Once CPEC is complete, Pak will start paying you.

Londonwala Dec 10, 2016 08:26am

To solve behaviour problem both Carrot and Stick need to be used for stubborn kid.

Hamza Ali Dec 10, 2016 08:27am

Beggars will still take the money

taha Dec 10, 2016 08:30am

Usa knows how to treat Pakistan. Well done.

Changez Khan Dec 10, 2016 08:33am

Keep your $400 million and leave us alone.

SB Dec 10, 2016 08:39am

Carrot and stick policy to continue.....let us see response of government

Abdul Dec 10, 2016 08:39am

Can we ask Nawaz sharif, bilawal and Imran khan make a statement on this aid package.

Syed Dec 10, 2016 08:44am

But we are in a position where we have to accept the money no matter the shame it brings

liaqat Dec 10, 2016 08:50am

National dignity and honor must not be compromised at any cost for getting meagre sum of dollars

TirahWall Dec 10, 2016 08:56am

US administration is turning the table; some very wise has advised them..

Indus civilization Dec 10, 2016 08:58am

It's the overall failure of national policy and not a scandal from any one political force.

aamir Dec 10, 2016 09:02am

USA army present in Afghanistan should also take action against terrorists there.

muhajir Dec 10, 2016 09:05am

Are we beggars what a shame

Wajahat Dec 10, 2016 09:06am

Thank you we don't want. You can take those demonstrable steps and stuff it!

KHaleed Dec 10, 2016 09:07am

Our shameless leaders will still take the money. What a shame.

TBH Dec 10, 2016 09:07am

For all the China talks Pakistan still needs US aid and that too based on good conduct.

Rai Dec 10, 2016 09:10am

‘good conduct’ certificate .... so much for your pride.

Ash20 Dec 10, 2016 09:10am

Will Pakistan reject this aid?

Ahmed bin Babar Dec 10, 2016 09:13am

The group, if found on our land, can be redirected to their motherland Afghanistan through negotiations not violence which might cost us much more than 400 million dollars...

DOOK Dec 10, 2016 09:13am

Maybe get more loan from your iron brother and lease another off your national assets for a quarter decade. That should be more preferable to begging for scraps from the USA larder. Dignity and respect is earned thru your actions and the way they are perceived amongst your peer's.

ART KP Dec 10, 2016 09:17am

PMLN will keep disgracing the nation by begging and this 400 million is going straight in PMLN mafia pockets.

ART KP Dec 10, 2016 09:17am

Please USA don't pay this money in our name because this money is going direct to PMLN mafia.

Patel Dec 10, 2016 09:19am

Pakistan should learn from Afghanistan action..

Complex Dec 10, 2016 09:24am

Please give this aid to someone who needs it Pakistan doesn't

SULAIMAN DHANANI Dec 10, 2016 09:28am

The most controversial state in the world is "USA" and they are good at creating controversies all over and this is yet another one.

Our securities and Arm forces are doing a good job with a balanced approached. The conditional amount is peanuts and we have suffered much higher financial losses in just two recent incidents (Fire in the Regent Plaza and PIA air crash) beside the most precious loss of 60 human lives. Pakistan is full of courage to raise and flourish despite whatever USA does. Pakistan Zindabad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Abdul Rauf Dec 10, 2016 09:37am

Shame if we will receive this aid..

Thani Dec 10, 2016 09:47am

This is why we need to get rid of corrupt leaders.. and This "good conduct" part can easily be misused..

ali Dec 10, 2016 09:51am

Pakistan has a huge number of youth population. Pakistan economy is youth. Invest in youth and in few years Pakistan will be giving loans to US.

Alba Dec 10, 2016 09:51am

@liaqat .... ... $400 million is not a meager sum. If you don't want it wire me the money.

Jay Dec 10, 2016 09:50am

Perhaps corrupt leaders will put this money to their good use...

Ahmad Zubair Dec 10, 2016 09:53am

Sour peanut

y-fi Dec 10, 2016 09:52am

They r treating us like a lion in Circus bcoz US z our Master and he knows us from deep inside ....

Najib Dec 10, 2016 09:52am

We dont need them. Pak should divert more attention to China and Russia now. Americans are very very unrealible and untrustworthy so called allies.

Zak Dec 10, 2016 09:55am

Pakistan should ask for reimbursement for the war cost, rest it should decline and make arrangements with chinese or middle eastern country. Stand up openly and publically for once for Gods sake. Show some self respect and some character- PML N.

Kryptonite Dec 10, 2016 09:55am

Where is aid for Syria, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone ? Nations which need it.

observer Dec 10, 2016 10:04am

Something is better than nothing.

Talha Dec 10, 2016 10:10am

My father has never taken a loan and has taught me also to never do that as it is against one's self-respect. The government is weakening the state as the government shamelessly begs for more aid but the world will see Pakistan as a country dependant on loans and not this government. The aid is taken in the name of Pakistani people's welfare but we never have and never will benefit from it. Maybe it benefits the corrupt elite.

JSR Dec 10, 2016 10:20am

Pakistan must immediately reject this aid and give a befitting response to Americans "Who need your money, we have CPEC to resolve this".. Then entire world will respect

Koli Dec 10, 2016 10:18am

This is peanuts ,Even Mongolia recieved aid of 500 million Dollars from India , Billion dollars to Bangladesh plus N numbers of African Asian countries , even Vietnam is recieveing much more from a country like India .

farooq Dec 10, 2016 10:24am

US must stop paying this US tax payers money to Pakistan, as it will never make to where it is suppose to be spent. During the period of Asif Ali Zardari, it was the same situation. He and military pocketed this money.

abm Dec 10, 2016 10:34am

They already have Panama accounts , all ready to make transactions!

SB Dec 10, 2016 10:33am

@Rai , Your understanding is correct

Ghalib abbas Dec 10, 2016 10:35am

Keep your coin in your pocket we don't want it

Booza Dec 10, 2016 10:35am

Do not accept the aid, it will bring more problems to your country

Neutral Dec 10, 2016 10:44am

Pakistan should reject it if some self respect left

GK Dec 10, 2016 10:45am

Afghanistan rejected $500 million...now let us see who has self respect and sovereignty...

JUSTICE Dec 10, 2016 10:46am

President Obama, please make sure to include in "good conduct certification" only corruption free politicians handle this aid, otherwise don't give them money.

AKKS Dec 10, 2016 10:48am

USA should donate this money to the EDHI foundation for their humanitarian works, the only deserving organisation in Pakistan. Let them build schools and hospitals with this money and atleast let the poor and needy benefit from this. If this money goes to their government or military, politicians and corrupt officers will definitely pocket this money. Please USA, act wisely!

GK Dec 10, 2016 10:55am

this is to distract and derail from CPEC

truth Dec 10, 2016 10:59am

I know this money wont help people of Pakistan but politicians want this money to do more scam, buy property in London, UAE etc.

lafanga Dec 10, 2016 11:02am

Give this aid to India. we don't want it.

Kkl Dec 10, 2016 11:08am

That's the truth of pakistan and this is how world knows it.

Shafi Dec 10, 2016 11:10am

once CPEC comes pakistan will pay loan to US & world bank.

Aditya Dec 10, 2016 11:09am

Even Afghanistan rejected $500 million but interestingly Pakistan could not.

desi Dec 10, 2016 11:09am

Our Government should refuse any aid attached with strings, there is enough looted funds from Pakistan in overseas financial institutions that if they are brought back posperity will kiss our feet.

Zia Dec 10, 2016 11:11am

Reverse the game. Want us to play...then u have to pay. Matter of time that India will become a threat to USA in the future. Copyrite Issues, counterfeit products, cyber terrorism and its own hegemonic ideaology will influence the outcome. The Americans will ask India to use American writ in India's sphere of influence which will be contridictable to its own agenda. I will bet my left ear on it.

SR Dec 10, 2016 11:16am

@lafanga India is self sufficient and has never depended on aid.

satish Dec 10, 2016 11:16am

Pakistan should humbly refuse to request any aid from US, it contains bad blood. Also US and its ally's humiliate Pakistan.

AKKS Dec 10, 2016 11:18am

@lafanga, "Give this aid to India. we don't want it."

India and US are major defence partners now with agreement to transfer technology! India is giving amounts bigger than this as financial aids to other countries in need!

tomUHTO TAWMAYTO Dec 10, 2016 11:30am

@Shafi

Be careful...didn't you read the Opinion piece that spoke of the "Giddy Brigade"???

Mb Dec 10, 2016 11:38am

Pakistan should revisit its foreign policy and base it on national realities and national honor.

Shuja Dec 10, 2016 11:48am

Pakistan strategic location is very important for USA and Russia. Declining power of USA cannot afford to lose Pakistan, The certification from Defence secretary is only a window dressing and face saving for USA, after watching Russia cozying off towards Pakistan and Russian disapproval of Afghanistan and India’s criticism of Pakistan in the Heart of Asia conference, USA has to entice Pakistan with billions of dollars to rein in its sphere of influence. .

EASTWIND Dec 10, 2016 11:54am

what a sad state of life

Abdul Awaal Dec 10, 2016 11:58am

@Syed When we imaginary enemies all around us this can never happen

Syed Dec 10, 2016 11:58am

@SR lol India is number one recipient of US aid who are you kidding ,Google number one recipient of US aid

Abdul Awaal Dec 10, 2016 12:00pm

Afghanistan had the self respect to reject Rs 500 Million aid from Pakistan.

OSD Dec 10, 2016 12:06pm

Americans are naive to think we will submit to these conditions for any amount of money. Pakistan will not allow itself to be at the mercy of the US defense secretary, and certainly will not accept control of that Afghan Ashraf Ghani, who's writ ends at the edge of the Kabul presidential compound.

Malik Dec 10, 2016 12:09pm

Once CPEC is completed then Pakistan will give aid money to US.

Sal Dec 10, 2016 12:09pm

@liaqat National dignity- What is that? Pakistan does not know because they are getting aids fron US for a long time.

Booza Dec 10, 2016 12:15pm

As a Pakistani...I am truly embarrassed

khan Dec 10, 2016 12:13pm

Thank God we rejected $500 million. It will be interesting to see what pakistan does.

Abdul canada Dec 10, 2016 12:31pm

@khan if u are thinking about the usd500miliion, then my friend this money has already been used in the infrastructure projects in Afghanistan.

Vikram Sood Dec 10, 2016 12:33pm

If Pakistan has self respect, it would reject the aid in strongest words.

Truth Dec 10, 2016 12:53pm

And NS is going to get the 'good conduct certificate'? Not from Pakistanis!

Vikas Dec 10, 2016 12:57pm

@Syed "@SR lol India is number one recipient of US aid who are you kidding ,Google number one recipient of US aid"

Yes Syed India is the number one destination of US aid. But its not the government that receives aid. This aid is received by organisations involved in social services and welfare programmes which not only the US government but a lot of private foundations are supporting. Its for a good cause and this relationship is because they trust these organisations and deal bilaterally. For example, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are one of the biggest donors and their charity in India is certainly larger than what the entire US gives Pakistan but may even be a substantial fraction of the Pakistan GDP. And by the way for your information - Similarly India is the largest recipient of aid from the UK tooo.

AND NONE OF THESE AIDS COME WITH CONDITIONS, they come voluntarily for a good cause.

False Flag Dec 10, 2016 01:02pm

If there is an iota of sense of respect for the nation, our government should say...sorry...we don't want your aid and nor do we want to fight your war in Afghanistan.

A Shah Dec 10, 2016 01:29pm

Within 1 year of CPEC Pakistan will be richer then US.

A Shah Dec 10, 2016 01:32pm

Even Afghanistan had enough self respect to reject our aid.

Kill Bill Pandey Dec 10, 2016 01:48pm

@A Shah oh wow what is Pakistan going to do with all that money?

Zealot Dec 10, 2016 01:54pm

Ishaq Dar should Answer as to why he left IMF when he is aiding from US.because getting some loan from IMF shows some dignity not in AID

And what happened to Chiniot Gold reserves?

But when every pakistani comes to know that Mr Dar was vindicated from 179 corruption cases by NAB....WE GET THE ANSWER WHY THEY ARE GIVING AIDS TO PAKISTAN.....

HK Dec 10, 2016 01:55pm

Where is Pakistani politicians self respect and dignity, we should look at our nearest neighbours and learn.

Babar Dec 10, 2016 01:57pm

I don't think so we need aid for our economy. We only need aid for our politicians so that they can buy their luxurious. This goes for all political parties and leaders in the country. The US congress should audit the aid given and in future pay directly instead of giving to the government.

Mir Dec 10, 2016 01:59pm

Our whole nation is corrup, there is no pride left.

IG Dec 10, 2016 02:25pm

@Abdul IK already said Pak does not need any aid, this is like cancer for Pakistan, all this aid is going in Nawas Sharif and Ishaq Dar pockets (and their darbaris)

Youth Dec 10, 2016 02:25pm

"Dr Afridi led US forces to the compound where Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden "

We were never shown a body, what is the proof except for crying " WMDs " again.. Media or USA was too quick to show that in case of Saddam and Gaddafi ..

Koli Dec 10, 2016 02:31pm

NGO's are recipients of aid in India not the government , infact Indian companies invested $15 billion, created 91,000 jobs in United States and India is 2nd largest investor in UK employing British people .

Indian's had 80% of world economy through out the human history , it was still 2nd largest economy till British invaded ( poverty is what we recieved from west ) .

Prosperity is in the Indian soil , which has largest productive land , almost 50% arable land , India is self sustainable economy .

Even Indian Government has discouraged NGO'S from recieveing foreign aid .

HD USA Dec 10, 2016 02:44pm

@A Shah

Don't forget to repay the outstanding loans taken from US ! Or you can ask them to join CPEC

A Dec 10, 2016 02:54pm

@Koli

Issue is that whether we should compromise self respect before then. Certainly NO.

US had treated India in worse manner by stopping export of Wheat under PL 84

.And US had also refused Viza to Mr Modi when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. And US also detained Sharukh Khan three times at the Airport...... so on so forth !!

Muhammad Omar Jalil Dec 10, 2016 03:07pm

what a humiliation. Please reject this aid.

A proud Pakistani

Desi Soch Dec 10, 2016 03:23pm

@Koli Don't forget that Afgan also got 1 billion from India.

Abbas Dec 10, 2016 03:48pm

What tragedy. This is precisely why Shareef will stay in power such that Pakistan is never in a position not to live without AID and is in a state none other but to accept the US conditions. Ironical!

Feroze Danish Dec 10, 2016 03:52pm

Pakistan should not sell off its own national interest. Haqqani's are one of the most influential groups in Afghanistan, If Pak lose Haqqanis, it will crack off one of its strongest support pillars in Afg.

Zealot Dec 10, 2016 04:00pm

They Must answer as to why They gave 500million dollars aid to afghanis when they themselves need 400million dollars Aid??

Zealot Dec 10, 2016 04:21pm

Gov is insulting pakistan,every now and then.They didnot engaged US after Akhtar Mansoor death by US in Quetta.it was a plus point as we didnot engage US since May.And US was passing countless statements in our favour.Now When our leaders Begged Like they always do,ONLY MADE US to dictate us Like a teacher.SO WE NEED A GOOD CONDUCT CERTIFICATE FROM DEFENSE SECRETARY?....EXCELLENT JOB BY NAWAZ AND HIS OUTDATED FOREIGN POLICY

Pakistani Dec 10, 2016 04:21pm

It is part of the money for the services provided by Pakistani government. It is not a loan. They call it Aid, but we charge them for the services rendered to transport goods and services for their Afghan Operations. Lets all get off our High horses and actually read the article carefully. In fact, US should not be allowed to blackmail Pakistan to get its fair share of money paid back.

Gerry D'Cunha Dec 10, 2016 04:21pm

@Changez Khan will your corrupt government let leave this big bounty for their own future development?

The end is near Dec 10, 2016 04:24pm

Where do these mega millions of US funds each year go?? Why is the result not visible in out country Pakistan? Even the very basic health Care facilities are still out of the reach of poor Pakistani people. And 80% of the nation is forced to drink contaminated unhealthy Water. And thats not All...Pakistani nation deserves to know and See where the Pakistani Governement spends these US funds. Government must make a website for this purpose consisting of a database to show The nation online in detail with proofs the total funds recieved and The total expenditure from US funds given each year to Pakistan. Pakistani nation has the right to know. Thanks.

Wajih Uddin Qidwai Dec 10, 2016 04:24pm

Its time to show courage and refuse this aid. Show them real picture that how many lives Pakistan has lost in the fight of terrorism. Does our government has this strength and courage.

Aks Dec 10, 2016 04:26pm

Pity the country that fights battles of others for money....

Shahid- Denmark Dec 10, 2016 04:29pm

We can't refuse this aid until and when our rulers stop looting similar size of national wealth every year. This aid is actually not for Pakistan as such but more for the rulers to stay happy and act as USA agents in this country.

Salman Dec 10, 2016 04:30pm

USA is actually giving fair amount of chance to Pakistan to stand on it's feet. USA defence secretary stop waste his energies to stay focus on Pakistan. And Pakistani political regime needs to learn the meaning of self respect.

Zealot Dec 10, 2016 04:33pm

@The end is near RIP FOREIGN POLICY,RIP DIPLOMACY AND RIP DEMOCRACY......

imtiaz ali khan Dec 10, 2016 04:40pm

@klp Sane words. We should be ashamed. Billionaires Kings running the entire nation. PPP/PMLN both have many billionaires in their leaders from looting Pakistan's wealth for generations. The country's population is kept poor for their own gains, while 41 million Pakistanis without toilets, the political leaders live a lavish lifestyle.

Zealot Dec 10, 2016 04:44pm

we neither learnt from kerry lugar bill,nor from Salala incident,nor from Drone strikes Nor from Raymen Davis HOW CAN WE LEARN FROM SHAME OF TAKING AID.......OH GOD OUR SELF RESPECT """"REST IN PEACE"""

Shahid Dec 10, 2016 04:51pm

Iqbal had advised: 'ay taire laahuti us rizq say maot achhi::jis rizq say aati ho pawaz men kotahi'; O divinely gifted bird, death is better than the feed that restrains your flight. And Saadi's advice: 'Haqqa key ba aqubte dozakh brabar ast::raftan beh paye mardiye hamsaye dar bahisht'; it is better to land in hell than entering paradise riding someone else's shoulders.

Imtiaz ali khan Dec 10, 2016 05:01pm

@Shahid Respect!

Sindhi_in_Sindh Dec 10, 2016 05:01pm

I expect Pakistani government and military establishment to stay silent on this humiliation, just like last year.

Imtiaz ali khan Dec 10, 2016 05:04pm

@Zealot Right.

Shah Dec 10, 2016 05:08pm

400 million is nothing, it's like peanuts. It would not make any difference, probably for domestic gain or keep Indians happy. Keep this money for yourself. Pakistan needs business and self sufficiency NOT aid

Indian 1 Dec 10, 2016 05:10pm

@A Ofcourse you right US sent its Seven fleet against India in 1971 but time has change now ... the same US welcome Mr Modi on Red Carpet we are not asking any thing from any one on free but we are purchasing what ever we need on hard currency and countries are coming with folded hand to sell their products.

gag Dec 10, 2016 05:13pm

"Dr Shakil Afridi is an international hero and that the government of Pakistan should release him immediately from prison"

He is a Pakistani and if releasing him is against our national interests then we should not get bullied.

Merchant Dec 10, 2016 05:13pm

Can we once as a nation kick on this US aid. This beggary of the highest order.

Karam Dec 10, 2016 05:15pm

@Pakistani. Yes read the article carefully indeed! ..clearly says money is being conditioned to the work done. In any case, already paid tally of aid is 45bn economic and 15bn mitsry aid.

Qaum mulk saltanat Dec 10, 2016 05:17pm

@Shahid - 100% agreed

Merchant Dec 10, 2016 05:18pm

@muhajir we are not beggars as a nation but our politicians are, the aid is going to go straight into their deep corrupt pockets, no questions asked!!

Qaum mulk saltanat Dec 10, 2016 05:17pm

Yes to bilateral trade and no to aid !!

just Dec 10, 2016 05:26pm

@SindhiinSindh . For whatever reasons they are silent, USA can't keep the people of Pakistan silent..

Ghumman Dec 10, 2016 05:27pm

Shame on pakistani government

khakan Dec 10, 2016 05:27pm

bring back the money of Zardari and Sharif and the bureaucrats that is sitting in foreign banks.

Bring about consistent business friendly policy. Provide security to foreign direct investor. Apply the laws evenly to all , including the ruling class and there will be no need for aid from any corner. Pakistan will be in a position o give aid .

14 year minimum sentence for tax evasions.

Do you think the rulers will ever do the above ?

tutenkhamun Dec 10, 2016 05:31pm

"US national security interests"

and what are those exactly? ..One day they will jump up and down and ask us to block the CPEC route to China, then what?

Khwarezmi Dec 10, 2016 05:29pm

"To get those $400m, Pakistan will have to get a ‘good conduct’ certificate from the US defence secretary".

What a humiliation for a nation of 210 million people for JUST 400 million USD. What is god's name will 400 million do for such a large nation? It won't change anything.

Rashid Dec 10, 2016 05:34pm

What is $400 million, a drop in the bucket for Pakistan. But I agree Pakistan should go against the Haqani network. Maybe this will bring stability back to Pakistan.

Iftikhar Husain Dec 10, 2016 05:33pm

India will block any progress shown by PAkistan. USA is more committed to India.

QWERTY Dec 10, 2016 05:37pm

Pakistan if it has any sense of national pride left should immediately turn down this humiliating offer from the US.

saad yousaf Dec 10, 2016 05:41pm

Pakistan's economy has improved rapidly, Pakistan is itself in a position to grant $500 Million assistance to Afghanistan, which we promised last week. This US aid is not required keeping the present size of GDP and economy and Foreign Reserves in mind. This money will neither benefit Pakistan in any way nor will give any leverage to the US. China's diplomatic masterstroke is CPEC, in one go, they got strategic influence over South Asia which US couldn't get in 70 years, all because of short sighted policies dominating the US strategic calculus.

M. Siddique Dec 10, 2016 05:44pm

Why after 70 years of independence Pakistan needs financial AID? Pakistani leaders need to accountable for this situation that country still needs help from abroad.

Also, saying that Dr. Afridi is a hero in the US and the West, is overblowing guy's importance. I have personally conducted an unscientific survey in the US and not a single American had any idea who he was. When I associated him with OBL's killing, only percent cared to give him credit.

ISNA Dec 10, 2016 05:46pm

@Londonwala "To solve behaviour problem both Carrot and Stick need to be used for stubborn kid."

We are not interested in your parenting techniques. Feel free to apply them to your own kids.

Human first Dec 10, 2016 05:47pm

Well the Pak Pm should go thru all the comments and hire bunch of economists to take care of the nation.Such a talent going waste.

Mr.T Dec 10, 2016 05:49pm

Is US gov is more stupid then people of pakistan. If don't trust this corrupt gov how can you. Hire rtd veteran for the money distribution to the grass root level.

citizen Dec 10, 2016 05:53pm

we value our self respect more than this aid...aren't we Mr. PM?

Mahmood Dec 10, 2016 05:56pm

A carrot and a big stick attached with it.

Dawn Dec 10, 2016 05:59pm

Pakistan there will forever be caveats for you. Why do you need the aid. Stop being used and abused by them. Be an independent nation.

Noshta E Dewar Dec 10, 2016 06:01pm

This $400m will be of no use. Even if we do get rid of any real/imaginary network, USA will never refrain from portraying us negatively in their media.

Vijay B. Dec 10, 2016 06:17pm

@Changez Khan Of you are so proud, why not say "NO" to the whole $900 million?

Unk Dec 10, 2016 06:18pm

@Changez Khan Who will pay for the loan

BAXAR Dec 10, 2016 06:22pm

Once the US and the world stops "aid" to Pakistan, they'll start to see it "taking demonstrable steps" in every direction, and "good conduct" in every manner. The only problem will be that the outcome may not be of their liking . This "aid" is the price they have to pay to keep their people in place. They are unhappy because those people cannot "perform" once they are paid. Maybe they should try to change the local agents. But they have already chosen the lowest bidders. They'll need to raise the bid for better agents.

Taimoor khan Dec 10, 2016 06:24pm

They better spend this money on their under privileged black African citizens. Pakistan is a 200 million strong nation, Where this money really mean nothing and the string attached to it will cause contempt towards America. Americans needs to get out of their old school thoughts in their dealings with Pakistan. Its a multipolar world and these shenanigans actually boomerang on America itself.

A Dec 10, 2016 06:26pm

What did the Team which visited US during past few months do during their talk ? What role Pak Embassy is playing in US ? At least this embarrassing situation could be avoided if the aid was refused in the initial stage thereby not allowing its announcement. Or have they agreed to give such certificate in desperation ?

zahir Dec 10, 2016 06:25pm

"including training.. for the Frontier Corps in KPK"

Pakistan army is sufficient enough to provide training to FC in KPK. There is no need for US nationals to Pakistan at least to give FC jawans training

Mohammed Sattar Dec 10, 2016 06:35pm

Most of that Aid will end up back in the banks of western countries courtesy of our politicians and bureaucrats.

Taimur Dec 10, 2016 06:42pm

These conditions are just a stunt. They will keep giving aid to Pakistan as long as incompetent governments are here.US government is least concerned about human right condition in Pakistan or war against terrorism.When there were dictator or dictator cum political governments in Pakistan, then Pakistan received maximum aid.

Sympathiser Dec 10, 2016 06:44pm

@ART KP why not NZ with draw from Panama to make good the deficiencies

Human first Dec 10, 2016 06:44pm

@Taimoor khan its simple who needs begging if you pay your taxes honestly. Pay taxes honestly and avoid aid or avoid tax and invite aid. Choice is ours.

Aleem Dec 10, 2016 06:45pm

Say NO to it you in PM's house!!!!!

Atticus from india Dec 10, 2016 06:46pm

Small amount. Pakistan shouldn't bother about it. Even Afghanistan received USD 2 Bn from India.

Sympathiser Dec 10, 2016 06:47pm

@Shafi I see

RAhul rastogi Dec 10, 2016 06:50pm

@A India is not only the largest producer of cereal as well as largest exporter of cereal products in the world. India's export of cereals stood at Rs. 40,433.24 crore during the year 2015-16. Rice (including Basmati and Non Basmati) occupy the major share in India's total cereals export with 93.60% during the same period. Whereas, other cereals including wheat represent only 6.40 % share in total cereals exported from India during this period. The major importing countries of India's cereals during the period were Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Iraq and Nepal.

jan Dec 10, 2016 06:50pm

USA is not only blaming us for Haqqanis, they are also blaming Russia and Iran for strengthening Taliban. We must choose our future course wisely.

Striker Dec 10, 2016 06:54pm

We should not accept it. PAKISTAN IS ALREADY ON PATH of prosperity. It'll be tough few years but we'll live through it.

You keep yr aid uncle sam.

Aamir Dec 10, 2016 06:58pm

@Changez Khan don't take 400 million and face reality alone if you have courage to

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Dec 10, 2016 07:07pm

What else can they do?

mo Dec 10, 2016 07:14pm

a corrupt politician can never stand up and say no this aid

Pakistanis should understands

there is no honour for buggers and no respects

Imran Dec 10, 2016 07:34pm

Just keep your worthless dollars and leave us!!

Jawad Ahmad Dec 10, 2016 07:48pm

Let's wait and see how much of this so called handsome package goes into the pockets of our top echelons: and to be a bit more candid, how much will return to Paaaannnnaaaammmmaaa'ssss

Sri Dec 10, 2016 07:51pm

@Changez Khan Yeah and your politicians will keep on selling country's resources to run the government

citizen Dec 10, 2016 07:57pm

@lafanga : Excellent idea to help a poor country.

mukoo Dec 10, 2016 08:00pm

we need to say thank you very much keep that and leave us alone!

Ali Dec 10, 2016 08:00pm

The United States must not forget its historic friends. Pakistan and United States have been strong allies for over 65 years. This partnership endured the Cold War, when India was aligned with the Soviet Union against the US.

US Air Force flew top secret U-2 spy planes from Pakistani bases over Soviet Union. The world came to know of this when US pilot Gary Powers flew from Peshawar and was shot down over Soviet Union on May 1, 1960. Khruschev threatened Eisenhower.

Pakistan was the front-line state fighting Red Army's invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979. The US fought this proxy war with Pakistan's help and defeated the evil empire Soviet Union, in the words of President Reagan.

Pakistan again helped the US after 911 in the global War on Terror. Pakistan being the front-line state faced the brunt with 65,000 Pakistanis killed. The US legislators must not forget history, as no country has done more than Pakistan to help America for regional and world peace.

Mumtaz Dec 10, 2016 08:06pm

Charge them full Taxes for transit on Logistics

It may be well above $2B

Omar Dec 10, 2016 08:11pm

Good..what about tge blocked f16s deal ? Anyone wants to continue to rely on doing any business with them after that?

Zulfi Dec 10, 2016 08:19pm

This is self degrading. Our leaders would still not hesitate one bit and accept this

Bilal Shafiq Dec 10, 2016 08:30pm

Aid and Caveat, where is PM's honor (Hum Kashkool toor dain gay). America! we don't need aid as it is never spent on poor, it always goes straight forward in the accounts of leaders as well as mafias. So, don't debate simply stop aiding countries like Pakistan, and if you guys really serious then come and help directly to few who wants. Our Leaders are corrupt just like yours. I am living in this country since last 25 years and I have never met even accidently, to someone who said I'm getting benefits of US Aid. So stop this drama as early as possible and pay off your own debt.

khan Dec 10, 2016 08:33pm

What a incompetent leader of Pakistan,

Ali Dec 10, 2016 08:35pm

Its in Pakistan's own best interest to get rid of the terror networks. Why should the US be pushing Pakistan to have a safe, secure Pakistan. Dont the Pakistani government, military, and people want a stable terror free country to become economically and educationally strong and people live in peace with its neighbors? The $300 million can not change the fate of Pakistan. Stop begging by cutting back their luxurious lives at the top of government and bureaucracy. Make pakistan a good example for the rest of the world to follow. And soften up to Afghanistan and India, and eventually peace and tranquility wins. There is no reason for a tit for tat for neighbors. Give them a true hand of friendship even in the face of insurmountable hardships. People of Indian, Afghanistan, Iran, China, Central Asian States, and Russia and Pakistan need to make this region peaceful place. They all will benefit road networks to boost inter connectivity. But the main point is that stop begging please.

Ali Dec 10, 2016 08:44pm

And by the way, $400 million is the price of one F-16 fighter jet. Do you think a nation can change its fate and become economically independent by begging for one air force jet each year? It is high time to totally dismantle terror networks in KPK, Punjab, Balochistan, and Karachi. Operations must not continue only in poor places and must not ignore the financiers in Punjab and Karachi where all the money is funneled. Also, Pakistan must stop interfering in Kashmir. Let the Kashmiris make their own choices. Make an arrangement and abandon the Siachin glacier as well. Use smart border protection system with surveillance. Cut back the luxury cars and luxury houses from bureaucrats and government officials and politicians. These steps will save billions of dollars . Pakistan can generate more than enough where people can live happily. The young generation must come out and elect leaders that have no corrupt past and have not accumulated the wealth of the poors in their rich pockets.

khan92 Dec 10, 2016 08:43pm

Pakistan know what to do. we are on the right way...

Shahid Dec 10, 2016 08:44pm

The days of double games and balckmails are over. Get serious pakistan!

conspiracy_theory Dec 10, 2016 08:45pm

Everyone knows where this money is going to go!!

irfan. UK Dec 10, 2016 08:58pm

Can say with absolute confidence where the money will NOT be going, if eventually the money does arrive Education, Water development, Hospitals, Poverty eradication will not see a single rupee of this payment. The people though in Parliament though will be on a spending spree

Dr Gulfaam Dec 10, 2016 09:06pm

Pakistan should say no to peanuts... We don't need this freaking aid. Only if we had credible leadership with backbone.

A Dec 10, 2016 09:09pm

@khan How can you say leaders are incompetents. When they can show letter to the Supreme Court ...a good conduct certificate is child's play for them. US will display the certificate in their Washington Museum !

Shakil USA Dec 10, 2016 09:08pm

When we gonna take a stand and say No to US aid? Our corrupt and greedy leaders take aid on the behalf of Pakistan and pocketing. What a shame. We are capable to defend our country and take action against terrorism.

Umer Salahuddin Dec 10, 2016 09:12pm

Pakistan should not accept any thing with any string attached. Should keep dignity

shawn Dec 10, 2016 09:15pm

All of u it's the US that uses the term aid it's reimbursement for the money Pakistan spent fighting war for usa

Zealot Dec 10, 2016 09:15pm

Cant describe how to VENT MY ANGER.............

Last Word Dec 10, 2016 09:15pm

If Pakistan had maintained cordial relations with India, it would have given double of the US aid without any strings attached.

Berni Dec 10, 2016 09:19pm

The USA should have increased assistance to Afghanistan. Punishments don't work; they create criminal thinking.

DADA Dec 10, 2016 09:19pm

I see so many readers just singing same song but not a single one is saying, we should get rid of terror groups and get Afridi out. US is not wrong as right from beginning their concern was to get rid of terror groups. Not a single terror group has been eliminated. In fact they are freely roaming about. Think about this.

Taimoor khan Dec 10, 2016 09:27pm

@Human first charity start at home first. No one is begging from Pakistan. These are the charges America owe Pakistan for using its facilities in order to sustain their occupation in Afghanistan.

FAIRPLAY Dec 10, 2016 09:32pm

@Vikram Sood Do you mean to say that Pakistan has not had any self respect all these years ? Pakistan has been receiving USA Aid from independence ! Wake up to reality my friend !!

Raj Dec 10, 2016 09:34pm

@Syed correct your facts

Sonny afridi Dec 10, 2016 09:37pm

How dare they? Reject this so called "aid" not needed or wanted by the people. Maintain course and do only what's in our national interest

Gill Dec 10, 2016 09:39pm

@liaqat dignity was gone the first time you accepted money .

SAMI Dec 10, 2016 09:40pm

We don't need any Aid anymore. Please keep this to feed homeless people of america.

Ahsan Dec 10, 2016 09:47pm

Nation's prestige is more important than begging for Pakistan Reject such humiliating offer and stand on our own feet

pakistani Dec 10, 2016 09:50pm

Pakistsn should take as much money From US as possible. Run them dry

Iqbal Dec 10, 2016 10:02pm

Pakistan has lot of potential in itself. Taking aid looks as if we are weak. CPEC will be a game-changer.

Just sayin... Dec 10, 2016 10:07pm

The most expensive form of money is the free money. Corruption can never end in Pakistan.

ammar yasser Dec 10, 2016 10:08pm

I think our state has least courage, because its white collar refined wine-bureaucracy feels proud to be certified as GOOD CHAP

kailash Dec 10, 2016 10:10pm

@Shafi ,"once CPEC comes pakistan will pay loan to US & world bank."

You mean... after paying Chinese huge loan with 18% interest rate?

VG Dec 10, 2016 10:17pm

Carrot and stick policy

kanwarch Dec 10, 2016 10:29pm

Even signed by Secretary defense, Pakistan should refuse the aid and thank USA for the offer. Pakistan must stand on its feet. Unfortunately the corrupt leadership makes millions and is making offshore companies and that is where all the aid goes.

Abdul Dec 10, 2016 10:32pm

Achievement!

selva Dec 10, 2016 10:35pm

@ali : No one can make money only because they are youth. They need skill , opportunity and govt support for that.

My_Heart Dec 10, 2016 10:35pm

Teacher punishing student.

Mighty India! Dec 10, 2016 10:50pm

@ABCD --- try stand-up comedy....u hv nice sense of humour!

syed baqar ahsan Dec 10, 2016 10:54pm

Don't worry they will give us all,that is there requirement not our,such dramas of strings USA is habitual

Talhat Dec 10, 2016 11:08pm

What a disgrace.but leaders like ours, who is worried of such shame.no money required.......

Vb Dec 10, 2016 11:09pm

Though it doesn't look good, but not sure what would the objection, Pak people/govt/army think terrorism is biggest threat to the nation. Act against terrorists and get the money. Once CPEC is there all (meaning ALL) problems will be resolved, then follow whatever policies are good for you... May good sense prevail.

Moth Dec 10, 2016 11:22pm

Keep yourself away from these two countries the U.S. and the Russia. Never call them for help or any aid. They will put your country back in Stone Age. Learn lessons from Afghanistan and Syria.

Nooru52 Dec 11, 2016 12:02am

Why the Hell US is calling this "AID" this is kind of compensation because we are fighting for them Pakistan already loss 35000 lives and 67 billion $ in this so called war on terror.

Green Dec 11, 2016 12:03am

Mr. Dar and Nawaz will be probably on their toes to grab this chunk and announce the latest "increase in foreign reserves".

For once, Pakistan should listen to it's people or perhaps the comments below, at least.

Red Dawn Dec 11, 2016 12:11am

I am amazed at comments that are showing indignation. Isnt a more appropriate response be why did our government take action against these groups earlier?

ANSARI Dec 11, 2016 12:29am

So you give $500m to the Afghan government to which the Afghan premier thinks he was better off without the money and now you have to follow the US' command to get those $400m. Simply bamboozling.

Ayub Dec 11, 2016 12:30am

Pakistanis should not accept the disgracing conditions in return for a few dollars.

Usman Dec 11, 2016 12:31am

Pakistani government must rebut with conditionalities of no more illegal drone strikes and compensation for collateral damage and costs associated with the war of terror.

Imran Dec 11, 2016 12:35am

This Aid is not for Pakistan, it is for the corrupt machine that runs it. Poor Pakistanis will still want to know why was Pakistan created. Once a dream is now a nightmare. Who wants to sing the songs of freedom when there is "nothing else to lose." To add insult to injury, the crooner of "Dil Dil Pakistan" died up in flames.

Ahsan Gul Dec 11, 2016 01:00am

Pakistan must not take this assistance.

Layman Dec 11, 2016 01:09am

Still a bad bargain since profit and loss account showing negative mark as long as dealing with US by virtue of theirs proxy war.

Jittery Dec 11, 2016 01:08am

@Ali "Pakistan was the front-line state fighting Red Army's invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979."

We were the proxies. USA never fights its own wars. They use a proxy and they always create a third party, label it as a threat which they never seem to defeat. Then they plan to create a certain pattern of events , which mostly exploit human's sense of fear, to reach their goals.

LAHORI KID Dec 11, 2016 01:15am

@liaqat The total amount is $1.1 Trillion, that's no chump change bro, unless you are a price of some little oil rich country. Everyone in Pakistan is seeing it differently and showing their displeasure. What the Americans are saying is, we will reimburse you, but you have to achieve certain objectives, its called accountability.

Awan Dec 11, 2016 01:21am

@Vikas its not properly honorable for both countries to receive always aid and help, even if it is on bilateral bases. Every government should be able to take care of their citizens and provide them a good and nice welfare. unfortunately both the countries failed in this mission and are far away to be self sufficient and to feed their poor class by there own. it should be the duty of stare and not various foundations and NGO etc.

Ako Dec 11, 2016 01:24am

We should not forget that this is 'reimbursement'. Therefore no favours! If they don't pay, then it will be a bad debt.

SHAHEEN ZAFARIAN Dec 11, 2016 01:35am

Pakistan must politely refuse and reject this conditional charity.

Figure out the ways to help our country become independent of Bakhshish and have people involved who can help increase our revenues and foreign exchange in a positive way.

That would be the REAL FREEDOM !

Mujahid Dec 11, 2016 01:45am

This money is just to show..... It is better for Pakistan to forget about this money and concentrate on peace within the country.

Hassan Parvez Dec 11, 2016 01:49am

To all Gharat Brigade, mark my words, in he end the government of Pakistan will fulfill all conditions to get the aid. From where members of National Assembly will get their 140% pay rise.

James Dec 11, 2016 01:59am

@Sal So it (was) India for very long time (50 years) the biggest recipient of aid from both military blocks so much so the present outsourcing that is going in its 15th year India is number one foreign exchange earner expressly helped by USA. India would be on her knees in no time if just H1B program is scrapped or even curtailed.

Sunny Sydney Dec 11, 2016 02:23am

We will accept the aid and also abuse them.

Patel Dec 11, 2016 02:36am

@lafanga India does not take aid infect India gives aid to Afganistan. Nepal, and Sri Lanka in time of need and also help some African countries.

WAseem Dec 11, 2016 02:55am

Boys where is your ego that wakes up every now and then?

El Cid Dec 11, 2016 03:30am

Only the shameless will accept such a humiliating offer.

mumtaz shah Dec 11, 2016 03:42am

Strange that its a happy news in Pakistan to get aid from US and many many from Pakistan would love to settle in US but even then there is so much hatred against US, where is self respect gone ??

Irfan Dec 11, 2016 03:45am

This money must be a fraction of what our leaders loot. Of course the U.S will support them. Shameful indeed.

Ajmal Dec 11, 2016 03:45am

We should get this money from our all weather friend China and not ask USA for any aid.

Mariyam Dec 11, 2016 05:28am

Once CPEC is done US will be getting assistance from us provided they meet our conditions.

desipardesi Dec 11, 2016 05:53am

@Koli No way! Those are all just for show. Countries pledge these amounts on TV, they rarely see the light of day. India give money to Mongolia and Vietnam? PM will get sacked, there is not enough money for Indians

desipardesi Dec 11, 2016 05:55am

@Kryptonite Pak is expected to give from their share to each of those countries

Getting Reall Dec 11, 2016 06:07am

No need for USA or their money. 400M even China can give... just like that... in friendship.

Bill jones Dec 11, 2016 06:22am

The aid never filters down to the poor.

PauLji Dec 11, 2016 06:23am

@DOOK : Sir-- You thought are very noble which I do respect above any thing else!

EA Dec 11, 2016 06:27am

Selling sour and Sweet dreams.

PauLji Dec 11, 2016 06:27am

@Ali : Excellently put-- I am PROUD! Thank you sir!

Naveedkhan Dec 11, 2016 07:39am

I don't think anyone from Pakistan government or establishment will have any problem with this. Shame is for common folks.

pk Dec 11, 2016 07:48am

@A Shah What a rubbish and wishful comment....Amusing.

pk Dec 11, 2016 08:07am

@ali Agree. Youths should "drain the swamp filled with old corrupt politicians and beauracrats ". What a beautiful Pakistan would be?

pk Dec 11, 2016 08:26am

With Trump in white house It could be worse.

Last Word Dec 11, 2016 09:18am

@pk "With Trump in White House, it could be worse" Don't get so disheartened, Trump loves Pakistan and Nawaz Sharif calling it a fantastic country and terrific guy doing amazing work. He has promised to visit Pakistan, solve Kashmir problem and who knows might give billion dollars to NS during his visit...

GHEUNTAAK Dec 11, 2016 09:46am

come on you bodyguards of sovereignty... what do you have to say about this?

GHEUNTAAK Dec 11, 2016 09:55am

pakistan has allowed these fundamentalists and their ilk to develop deep roots in society and in politics. it is almost laughable that pakistan is now expected to take foreign money to clean up their own house. by the way... the free cash party is over. usa provided a lot of no strings attached money... this is the end of the rope and everything will come with conditions that are beneficial to the lender.

Redfintuna Dec 11, 2016 10:04am

@ali Pakistan future is youth, no doubt but for this future to be bright, the youth have to do something - work in industries, study in universitas and not just pick up the gun. That's what is happening in Pakistan today.

J&K Dec 11, 2016 10:38am

Pakistan sees CPEC as Panacea , Name any problem Solution is CPEC sad state of affair where ppl stake your sovereignty to relieve their problems.

Ahmed ali khan Dec 11, 2016 10:41am

@OSD , the question is will the NS govt. have any self respect. I doubted. They will fulfill any conditions for even less money. It is easy money for pocketing in their own accounts.

Strongpop Dec 11, 2016 10:48am

@ABCD have you understood whole of CPEC?

Amon Dec 11, 2016 10:46am

Is Pakistan that much in dire straight that it is ready to abide by the condition of the American Mahajans for aid. They are in vice grip of their own making

Ahmed ali khan Dec 11, 2016 10:48am

@Last Word , Pakistan would not accept even the donation from India.

NKAli Dec 11, 2016 10:54am

Say.......NO!!! We don't need your aid. Salams

Mostly Bull Dec 11, 2016 11:06am

@Mariyam : "Once CPEC is done US will be getting assistance from us provided they meet our conditions"; indeed, when do you think that would be?

Jitendra S Maini Dec 11, 2016 11:08am

@Vikas You are right. As a government India do not take aids, because they come with conditions.

Mostly Bull Dec 11, 2016 11:10am

@Khwarezmi : "What a humiliation for a nation of 210 million people for JUST 400 million USD. What is god's name will 400 million do for such a large nation? It won't change anything"; Yes, what ..in God's name will it do?....don't take the money, let it not do anything.

jm Dec 11, 2016 11:38am

If China can pay the balance $400 million, no "Good Conduct" certificate is needed. A friend in need.

Joe king Dec 11, 2016 11:49am

Wow! No shame left.

Joe king Dec 11, 2016 11:55am

Everything these days is CPEC. CPEC can even cure cancers! Wow!

Random Dec 11, 2016 12:02pm

Why does Pakistan need US $. Once the CPEC is ready Pakistan can offer USA some aid.

Anwar Mahmood Dec 11, 2016 12:18pm

How can they refuse this money when many politicians and almost all military high ups of Pakistan move to America move out of Pakistan and into America. They even sell what they got from Pakistan very generously and bring this wealth into America. They only visit Pakistan once a year to collect their pensions from Pakistan and to spend that too in America.

Kal Dec 11, 2016 01:06pm

Well now finally Pakistan needs to work for its lunch. People who are saying that US should keep its $400 millions should say that it should keep all of its $1.1 billion since that is what they are giving. I bet Pakistan will keep the rest of the $700 million in aid and complain about the rest.

Kal Dec 11, 2016 01:09pm

I am not sure most people know here what CPEC will bring them. It's a $45 billion investment which is minimal in order to create jobs for a country this size. The hype the government has created is enormous and even if the benefits com, they will trickle slowly in three decades. There never is a golden egg that gives you quick rich money. That's a fools paradise

Pakistani Dec 11, 2016 01:16pm

Pakistan will already get 900 million.No need for the 300 million more.

Hanifabu Dec 11, 2016 01:19pm

US aid is an offer for supporting the US political policies. It is an appreciation for pakistan government's continued efforts in protecting the USA's political interests. Pakistan is doing good in all aspects of the US directives.

Moreover, CPEC will bring fortune to the Pakistan. China's economic situations are in the verge of collapse as current situation is not very helpful for them. However Pakistan Government's strong hold and mutual interests with china will certainly show good impacts on CPEC.

Shuja Dec 11, 2016 01:21pm

People= FYI. This so called aid, is the expenses Pakistan occurred to provide logistic support , from moving the US supplies to Afghanistan, repairing and making new roads for US conveys , providing security from Taliban. Nothing comes free.

Birds eye Dec 11, 2016 02:46pm

@Ali Each and every one of your words is true. But who will show sympathy on a country which has voluntarily surrendered its Sovereignty to another country?

Terrific Dec 11, 2016 03:08pm

@Hanifabu If China is collapsing then who will finance CPEC?

Manu Dec 11, 2016 03:26pm

Most comments are worked up about the affront to Pakistan. Hardly any feel that it is in Pakistan's own interest to meet the US conditions and get rid of Haqqanis and terrorists. Also it appears that CPEC is being over estimated. Cold calculations show that Pakistan may be headed for another debt trap.

Ammyjd Dec 11, 2016 03:27pm

@ABCD very grim possibility until the thought process and sincerity is brought as resolution. Else CPEC will be another source for making money for powerful, and then either Pakistan will be a colony to China or no more friends for Pakistan (all weather)

Momtaz Ahmad Ghulam Rasool Dec 11, 2016 03:53pm

Why is Pakistan allowing itself to be insulted by an ungrateful country who is now leaning towards India,perplexes me. What can $800M do for Pakistan?

Proud human Dec 11, 2016 04:34pm

@Joe king well said, cpec is not panacea, it is only useful for China and colonise pak

BNJ Dec 11, 2016 04:54pm

@lafanga Bhai,pls refer any book, website and let all of us know if India has received any aid,whatsoever, from any country ! Pls also refer any website air books and chk how many countries across the world are receiving aid from India. Thanks

Yogi Dec 11, 2016 06:11pm

@ABCD . With due respect to your knowledge, Pakistan is not in a position to earn from CPEC. You got the loan not investment from China to develop CPEC. When someone invests, then it is not loan. You have to pay back the loan. When it is investment, then he pays Tax and you earn, but that is not the case of CPEC.

Ajit Dec 11, 2016 07:05pm

@ABCD no cpec will increase the debt.....check Rauf klasa interview he has explained how It will hurt pakistan

Vijay Dec 11, 2016 07:13pm

@ABCD Sir your operative phrase is "once CPEC is complete", till then what?

Agha Ata Dec 11, 2016 08:11pm

If the USA is treating Pakistan as a delinquent student, well, Pakistan is acting like one.

Syed Jafri Dec 11, 2016 10:05pm

This aid is for supporting U.S military operations in Afghanistan. Question is why we are fighting someone else's war? Pakistan's financial losses because of this war are far more than $900 million. Pakistanis should learn to stand on their own and not look at US, China or to ME for hand outs.

M Hussain Dec 11, 2016 10:24pm

If Pakistan can make atom bomb by 'eating 'grass' , then surely we can achieve anything !!

PAK government should make compulsive education for all 5 -20 years , with punitive sanctions for disobeying parents , coupled with generous central support .

Real power, international clout & self-sufficiency lies behind having highly educated nation. We do not need to spend billions on propping up shallow artificial military equipment that just get obsoleted , and we end up chasing our tails .

It's time for Pakistan to make lasting sacrifices , let's start by neutralising the two current times-tested corrupt political parties of Bhutto & Sharif clan , deport both groups . Let's give Imran Khan a chance & hope of improvement for the next 10 years .

By doing this , Pakistan will not need to be on its knees & looking to USA or China . Only then , it will be able to look straight into the eye against India , and demand resolution in Kashmir !

M Hussain Dec 11, 2016 10:28pm

@ali Well said brother! This is the key permanent solution for Pakistan, education , education & yet more education .

I hope some courageous pakistani will one day assasinate all corrupt political idiots like Nawaz Sharif , his family & the entire Bhutto clan .

Harmony-1© Dec 11, 2016 10:56pm

@BNJ @SR @Patel - India is the biggest recipient of US aid:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1194228

Hope Dec 12, 2016 03:16am

I am sure like afghanistan, pakistan will reject this aid & will show it's self respect & dignity.

Akil Akhtar Dec 12, 2016 04:37am

We need to dump the US it id not a friend....

Holidaywahala Dec 12, 2016 07:49am

@Aditya expected but no one cares.

Livelong Learning Dec 12, 2016 09:14am

@Najib Yes, We should follow the following sequence. We have many nations to beg from (as long as we are allowed to call them "Metal Brother")

  1. China (Iron Brother)
  2. Russia (Copper Brother)
  3. S. Arabia (Gold Brother)
  4. UAE (Silver Brother)
  5. Oman (Titanium Brother)
  6. Malaysia (Lead Brother)
  7. Indonesia (Tin Brother)
  8. Bangladesh (Brass Brother)
  9. Mexico (Bronze Brother)
  10. Venezuela (Zinc Brother)
  11. N.Korea (Aluminium Brother)

We have many more in the periodic table.

cricket lover Dec 12, 2016 09:33am

Americans are paying money to Pakistan to work for USA. It is not an aid. Fools will always think otherwise. It is for military spending. Wake up!

cricket lover Dec 12, 2016 09:36am

@Aditya Wrong. It is not true at all.

Peace Dec 12, 2016 11:39am

Agree and take it. Its in benefit of Pakistan as well. There is no point going against whole world view.

The Fake ZAK Dec 12, 2016 11:47am

@A Shah - an into a $46Bn debt to China

Raza Dec 12, 2016 12:45pm

we don't need it, just refuse it with dignity at least this time

SJ Dec 12, 2016 05:25pm

We do not need aid, we have CPEC.

Brar Dec 12, 2016 06:15pm

@Talha same is the case of my father though he was one of the founders of Agricuture service society and paid the share money of Rs .100 in 1957 but never took a loan throughout his life and his share was transferred to our younger brother I was also a member of telecom employees threft and credit society but never took a loan till retirement.

AfzaAl Dec 12, 2016 08:45pm

@Najib I would say Pakistan should maintain relTions with all of the three using a balance that is required by our country's interest.

Hyderbadi Dec 12, 2016 10:00pm

its time for Pakistan to realize its potential and stand up for it self!!

Sultan Mahmood Dec 13, 2016 12:32am

Pakistan must reject $900 USA conditional payment, and let America fight its own wars and see USA reaction to their arrogant deal.

DK PAMNANI Dec 13, 2016 11:19am

Will it be possible for Pakistan to get Good Conduct Certificate from the Senate? Doubtful?

BAXAR Dec 13, 2016 01:20pm

@DK PAMNANI "Will it be possible for Pakistan to get Good Conduct Certificate from the Senate?". As a normal citizen, I don't really feel concerned. It must be a headache for the ruling class though. Ruling class of both US & Pakistan, I mean.