Islamabad: The Pakistani Army used only USD 1.4 billion of the total USD 8.6 billion US funding made available over the last decade, not USD 13-15 billion as reported, according to army chief Gen Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, a media report said.
Addressing a meeting of the corps commanders and other senior army officers in Rawalpindi, Gen Kayani said that of the USD 13 billion promised by the US under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) over the last 10 years, only USD 8.6 billion were received, a report in the Urdu daily Jang said Friday.
“Out of this USD 8.6 arab (billion), the government only provided the armed forces with USD 1.14 arab (billion) in the last ten years and a bulk of this money was utilized by the Pakistan Navy and the Pakistan Air Force,” he said.
“Almost USD6 arab (billion) was used by the government in the budget and spent on the people,” Kayani said.
Set up in 2001 after the 9/11 attacks, the CSF was a US program to reimburse to countries like Pakistan the costs they incurred in undertaking and supporting counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. Payments under the CSF were not counted as foreign aid.