Opinion

USA gives the BIGGEST Shock to Pakistan, spend whooping 76 Billion Dollars to strengthen Afghanistan Armed Forces!

Post-Cold War era Pakistan has been considered as one of the most trustworthy Ally of United States of America. USA has provided Arms and ammunition worth Billions of dollars to Pakistan in past few decades. Apart from that USA has provided huge Aid to Pakistan, so that it can support USA in the so called War against Terrorism.

However, since the last regime of Barack Obama, things are getting changed drastically. Obama regime was the first regime which raised the question over the spending of Aid by Pakistan. Obama’s closed relations with Indian Leadership was another reason why Pakistan became a non-existent for USA gradually.

Under ever changing geo-political landscape, USA has changed its priorities and its new Strategic partner India has also pitched in and started providing Military and Non-Military aid to Afghanistan. India is constructing huge infrastructure across the Afghanistan, which is making Pakistan very nervous.

However the recent news has devastated Pakistan like never before, as per sources the United States has spent more than $76 billion in the last 16 years on arming the Afghan security forces. Despite spending too much, Afghan Army is still not capable enough to take on Pakistani Army in case of any potential skirmish. However United States is likely to maintain its support to Afghanistan because the country’s “stability and security continue to face threats from the Taliban-led insurgency, criminal networks, and terrorist organizations, including the militant Islamic State group–Khorasan.

The United States began providing weapons, communication devices, and other security equipment to the Afghan security forces in 2002, months after it invaded Afghanistan following the Sept11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The data that the US Department of Defense shared with GAO shows that about 86 per cent of the funds — $66 billion of the $76 billion — were provided through the Afghanistan Security Forces Fund (ASFF), which was established in 2005.

Till April 2017, about $61 billion of the $66 billion of allocations made since 2005 have been disbursed. The largest expenditure of the $61 billion was for sustainment, totaling 44 per cent (over $26 billions) of all ASFF disbursements over this time period. Equipment and transportation represented the second-largest expenditure of the $61 billion, accounting for almost $18 billion, or 29 per cent.

Nearly 81 per cent of weapons provided to the Afghan security forces were rifles and pistols. The firepower funding also included more than 25,000 grenade launchers and almost 10,000 rocket-propelled weapons used by the Afghan Border Police.

Additional items given to the Afghans included 162,643 pieces of communications equipment and nearly 76,000 vehicles. These vehicles were primarily light tactical vehicles like Ford Ranger pickups and cargo trucks, but also included more than 22,000 Humvees.

The Pentagon has also shipped 110 helicopters and 98 planes since 2007, when Washington authorized sending aircraft. These aircraft could have carried the 314,000 unguided rockets, 8,700 “general-purpose bombs” and 1,815,000 helicopter rounds.

US President Donald Trump, has ordered a review of his country’s Afghan strategy, believes that the funds so far spent in Afghanistan have failed to achieve the desired results. He has reportedly asked his commanders to justify why they failed to subdue the insurgents even after spending billions of dollars and losing more than two thousand American soldiers in the fight.

Earlier this week, Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, announced a new amendment to the 2018 defenseauthorization bill that aims to “strengthen the capability and capacity of the Afghan government and security forces.”


Manish Sharma

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