MILITARY AID

  • India ends eightyear ban, supplies military gear to Nepal October 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Ending an eightyearold ban on military supplies, India has handed over some of the equipment, including vehicles and arms, it had pledged to provide to Nepal ahead of crucial polls to be held next month. Over 360 vehicles, including 25 mineprotected vehicles, have already arrived while arms and ammunition,...
  • US Congress divide over military aid cut off to Egypt August 19, 2013

    Members of Congress are split over whether the US should cut off military aid to Egypt, highlighting the difficult choices facing the Obama administration amid spiralling violence on the streets of an important Middle East ally. Democratic leaders have generally supported the president's approach. But yesterday, Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison said...
  • Karzai gives wishlist to PM for military supplies May 22, 2013

    New Delhi: In the backdrop of NATO troops' withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014, Afghan President Hamid Karzai is keen to enhance defence cooperation with India and get supply of 'lethal and nonlethal' weapons. Karzai held talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday night and gave him a wishlist for...
  • US welcomes India's bilateral assistance to Afghanistan May 21, 2013

    Washington: The US on Monday welcomed India's generous bilateral assistance to Afghanistan but remained noncommittal on reports about Kabul seeking supply of military equipment from New Delhi. "We welcome efforts by Afghanistan's neighbours and other regional actors to promote Afghanistan's stability and economic development," State Department spokesperson Patrick Ventrell told...
  • Afghan President arrives in India, to seek military aid May 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai arrived in the country on Monday on a threeday visit during which he will seek increased military aid from India and discuss recent crossborder clashes with Pakistan. "We will ask for assistance for the strengthening of our security forces," Karzai's spokesman had said in...
  • Egypt assembly seeks to wrap up constitution November 29, 2012

    Cairo: The assembly writing Egypt's constitution said it could wrap up a final draft later on Wednesday, a move the Muslim Brotherhood sees as a way out of a crisis over a decree by President Mohamed Mursi that protesters say gives him dictatorial powers. But as Mursi's opponents staged a sixth...
  • US House votes to cut Pak military aid by $650 mn July 20, 2012

    Washington: In a latest jab at Pakistan by the US, the House of Representatives has unanimously voted to cut American military aid to Islamabad by $650 million as Republicans sought to tamp down demands for deeper reductions. The amendment to cut the aid, which was proposed by Republican Congressman Ted...
  • Egypt's Islamist President Mursi gets to work June 25, 2012

    Cairo: Islamist Mohamed Mursi, Egypt's first freely elected President whose powers have been curbed by the military, toured his palatial new residence where ousted leader Hosni Mubarak once lived and began work on Monday to form a coalition government. Declared winner on Sunday, a week after a nailbiting runoff...
  • US panel cuts military aid to Pakistan May 10, 2012

    Washington: A House panel on Wednesday moved to cut the foreign aid budget by some 9 percent, targeting economic aid and contributions to the United Nations and the World Bank. Despite the cuts, the legislation won bipartisan backing from the Appropriations foreign aid panel, though it's sure to draw a White...
  • US to provide aid to quakehit Turkey: Pentagon October 29, 2011

    Washington: Following a request from Turkey, the US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered his European Command to provide humanitarian relief supplies to the victims of last week's devastating earthquake. The United States has received a request from the Turkish government for humanitarian support in the wake of the devastating earthquake...
  • Pasha met US special AfPak envoy: State Dept July 16, 2011

    Washington: US Special Representative for AfghanistanPakistan Marc Grossman met Pakistan's ISI chief LtGen Ahmad Shuja Pasha, who was in the US to defuse mounting tensions between the two sides over a slew of incidents, including suspension of $ 800 million in military aid to Islamabad. "I can confirm the meeting took...
  • US aid to be given if Pak addresses concerns: US July 14, 2011

    Washington: The US has told Pakistan that the hold on its military aid worth $ 800 million to Islamabad would be lifted as soon as it addresses America's concern on visas and defence trainers. "There is an ongoing review, as there always is about Coalition Support Fund reimbursements. So these things...
  • Pakistan's ISI chief leaves for US to revive ties July 13, 2011

    Islamabad: ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha on Wednesday left for the US in a bid to revive security ties affected by recent events, including the suspension of $ 800 million of military aid to Pakistan. "Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Director General of InterServices Intelligence, has proceeded to USA...
  • Pak threatens to pull troops from Afghan border July 12, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday threatened to pull back its troops from the border with Afghanistan, as Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar said his country could not afford to keep forces deployed there following the suspension of US military assistance. Reacting to the Obama Administration's decision to suspend $ 800 million aid...
  • Pak must take steps to ensure military aid: US July 12, 2011

    Washington: Pakistan must take certain steps which the US has often 'outlined' to ensure the delivery of American military assistance to Islamabad, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. "The government of Pakistan must take certain steps, and we have outlined those steps on more than one occasion, to ensure that we...
  • Pak army chief says US aid should be diverted June 10, 2011

    Islamabad: Pakistan's army chief said on Thursday that billions of dollars in US aid to fund the military's fight against Islamist militants should be diverted to help ordinary Pakistanis, a possible attempt to boost the military's popularity following the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani's comments,...
  • US to provide more military aid to Pak: report January 8, 2011

    Washington: The US will provide Pakistan with more military, intelligence and economic aid, even though top officials of the Obama administration feel that the country is not doing enough to crack down on terror havens in its tribal belt. Vicepresident Joseph Biden will deliver the message outlining the new aid...
  • US aid to Pak being misused against us: India July 26, 2010

    New Delhi: Holding that there was every possibility of recent US military aid to Pakistan being used against India, Government on Monday said that it will provide all assistance to the armed forces to protect every inch of its territory. Defence Minister A K Antony told reporters here that during his...
  • Pak closer to a nation under siege: US April 30, 2010

    Washington: Having pumped billions of dollars in military assistance and rushing guerrilla warfare experts to train soldiers to shore up Pakistan's capabilities to tackle militancy, influential US Congressmen and Pentagon officials feel that the nation is still closer to siege "I don't think the dynamic is as distinct as a nation...
  • Obama signs military bill; Pak to get $2.3 bn October 29, 2009

    Washington: US President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a $680billion defence budget bill that provides $2.3 billion military assistance to Pakistan with tough condition to make sure that the funds are not squandered or diverted to affect the "balance of power in the region". Obama said the Defence Authorisation Bill for...
  • Pak will not permit US micromanagement: Minister October 7, 2009

    Washington: Stung by the tough counterterrorism conditions attached to the unprecedented fiveyear, $7.5billion nonmilitary aid programme approved by the US Congress last week, Pakistan said it would not brook any interference in its internal affairs. "We have in President (Barack) Obama and Secretary (Hillary) Clinton two individuals who want to befriend...
  • Pak asks US to pay $1.6 bn for fighting terror September 23, 2009

    New York: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari has urged the US to reimburse the $1.6 billion spent on fighting extremism in his country's tribal areas. Zardari made the demand during two separate meetings in New York with US officials, including special AfPak envoy Richard Holbrooke, DawnNews reported. The US pays Pakistan...
  • Musharraf denies saying US aid was diverted September 16, 2009

    Washington: Former Pakistani president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf has denied saying that US military aid to Pakistan to fight terror was used to bolster defences against India. Dawn News website on Wednesday reported that in a statement issued in Philadelphia, Musharraf said the issue highlighted was not raised in an...
  • Musharraf admits Pak used US aid to fight India September 14, 2009

    New Delhi: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has finally confirmed what India has been saying for years about Pakistan's mismanagement of funds meant to fight terror. Musharraf reiterated that while he was in power, he did approve channelising of funds meant for fight against terror to overthrow threats perceived from Indian...
  • US funds used for antiIndia defence build up: Mush September 14, 2009

    Islamabad: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has said that military aid provided by the US to Pakistan for the war against terror during his tenure had been used to strengthen defences against India, the first such admission by any top Pakistani leader. Musharraf admitted that he had violated rules governing the...
  • Pak planning offensive against Baitullah Mehsud May 13, 2009

    New Delhi: The Pakistani Army is planning to launch an offensive in Waziristan against Beitullah Mehsud next month. Sources close to the Pakistani military said the goal would be to restore state control over the area. Western diplomats in Islamabad also confirmed plans for the offensive and said Islamabad could declare...
  • US Senators threaten to oppose aid to Pakistan May 13, 2009

    Washington: A couple of US senators have opposed tripling of nonmilitary US aid to Pakistan, with one noting how Islamabad had spent much of the $12 billion aid it had received in the past for building up its military against India. "You're asking us to vote for a whole new set...
  • Zardari admits moving troops from border with India May 9, 2009

    New Delhi: Across the border, it's all about the changing alignment between the Pakistani government and the Taliban. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari admitted on Saturday that he has moved troops from the border with India to fight the Taliban in Swat Valley. An unambiguous message from Washington to Zardari...
  • Make sure military aid is spent properly: US tells Pak May 6, 2009

    Washington: As the call for accountability from Pakistan on the US aid gained ground at the Capitol Hill, the United States has said it would make sure that American tax payers' money sent to Islamabad is spent for the purpose it is being given and that there is no pilferage...
  • US may boost development, military aid to Pak March 21, 2009

    Washington: The Obama administration may triple development aid to Pakistan while also boosting military assistance to secure more help in fighting the insurgency in Afghanistan, a US official said. The official, who spoke on condition that he not be named because President Barack Obama has yet to unveil his fresh strategy...