United States provides $255 million military aid to Pakistan, with conditions attached

Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani, in an Eid al-Adha message on Friday, invited Pakistan for a dialogue after the U.S. accused Islamabad of harbouring insurgents. But the annual funding has declined in recent years as Washington became increasingly disenchanted with Pakistan's quiet support for the Haqqani network and the Taliban, whose attacks have been responsible for the deaths of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Again, it was also a good thing to hear from the Ambassador that the additional troops for Afghanistan would have the role of trainer for Afghan forces and that action would be taken against all terrorist organizations including TTP that is using Afghan territory for terrorist activities in Pakistan.

Pakistan's foreign minister has said that Islamabad wanted to see stability and peace in neighbouring Afghanistan. If concerns of Pakistan on this account are taken care of then one can expect some positive movement towards peaceful resolution of the longstanding conflict in Afghanistan.

"Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our efforts in the region". USA officials claim that Pakistan is supporting the Taliban, while Pakistani officials note that the Afghan Taliban have at least as many "safe havens" in Afghanistan, and the United States has been no more successful at stamping out such areas than Pakistan has. The two countries have a long-running border dispute, leading to skirmishes between their armies.

In February, Pakistan closed the border with Afghanistan for more than a month after an attack on a Sufi shrine killed 88 people.

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Afghanistan celebrated the annual Eid al-Adha holiday on Friday with animal sacrifices and calls for peace and an appeal by the president for insurgent groups to lay down their arms and open talks with the government.

"I feel proud that our security forces have been busy in maintaining security in cities, villages and remote areas of the motherland so that our citizen can celebrate Eid peacefully", said the president.

  • Sonia Alvarado