US releases 101 mln dlrs for its efforts to fight Al Qaeda and Taliban

January 25th, 2009 - 10:48 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Jan. 25 (ANI): The United States has reimbursed 101 million dollars to Pakistan for its efforts to fight Al Qaeda and Taliban militants along the Pakistan-Afghan border.
Diplomatic sources that the payment came from the US Coalition Support Fund set up to help US allies in the war against terror, the Dawn reported. With the transfer of the amount on Friday, the US has now made reimbursement for expenditures that Pakistan incurred up to April 2008. The United States still owes about a 1 billion dollars to Pakistan for the expenses incurred during the last eight months. The payments are made under a new procedure approved recently. Under the procedure, the government of Pakistan submits its claim to the Office of the US Defence Representative in Pakistan, who forwards it to the US Central Command in Tampa, Florida. From Centcom, the claims are sent to the Pentagon which evaluates the claims and then notifies the US Congress within a 15-day mandatory period. The claims are scrutinised but not debated and is sent back to the Pentagon after approval, which releases the funds to Pakistan.(ANI)

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