US approves $900 million conditional assistance to Pakistan

US approves $900 million conditional assistance to Pakistan
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WASHINGTON: United States has approved a conditional assistance to Pakistan of $900 million.

A consensus US defence bill, set to be approved by the House, recognises Pakistan as a key strategic partner and pledges more than $900 million in economic and other assistance to the country.

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But the bill also conditions $450m from this assistance to a certification from the US defence secretary that Pakistan is committed to fighting all terrorist groups, including the Haqqani network.

This year the amount was $300m, which was not released after Secretary Ash Carter refused to certify in Pakistan’s favour.

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