'It's not aid, US owes money to Pakistan'

Sep 04, 2018, 09:06 IST | Agencies

The Pentagon on Saturday announced that it will cancel $300 million aid to Pakistan over its failure to take actions against terror groups

'It's not aid, US owes money to Pakistan'
Shah Mehmood Qureshi (left) with Imran Khan. File Pic

The $300 million that the Pentagon has decided to scrap is not a military aid to Pakistan, but what it owns to Islamabad for its support in the war against terrorism and should reimburse it, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has asserted, sparking fresh bilateral tensions ahead of a key visit.

The Pentagon on Saturday announced that it will cancel $300 million aid to Pakistan over its failure to take actions against terror groups. Qureshi said the matter will be taken up during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the country on September 5.

"The $300 million is neither aid nor assistance — it is the money Pakistan spent from its resources against militants and in the war against terrorism. This is the money they [US] are supposed to reimburse, but now either they are not willing or unable to pay back,," Qureshi said.

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