U.S. Denies Pakistan got Clean Chit, Funds

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  • The U.S. government has denied Pakistan’s reports that the U.S. Congress had cleared $532 million to Pakistan on the Kerry Lugar Act that needs certification on action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.
  • State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said:No certification has been sought for funds to Pakistan, and no funds disbursed since 2013.
  • A report in had quoted the Associated Press of Pakistan and an official Pakistan government release that the $532 million had been cleared, as reportedly disclosed by U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson to Finance Minister Ishaq Dar.
  • In Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs had criticised the reported certification that cleared the aid to Pakistan.
  • Syed Akbaruddin opined :India does not believe that Pakistan is showing “sustained commitment” or making “significant effort” or ceasing support” or dismantling “bases of operations” of the LeT, JeM, the Haqqani network and quite possibly the Al Qaeda.