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US to extend military support to Pak for another year

Karachi : The United States has agreed to support the Pakistan military under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for another year, said a defence ministry official from Pakistan following high-level talks between the two countries in Washington.

According to the Dawn, Pakistan had sought the extension in US assistance under the CSF, which is meant to reimburse costs Islamabad incurred in the fight against terrorism. Last year, the US extended the facility for Pakistan until 2015. It was established by the US in 2001 to cover some of the cost issues countries face in the fight against extremist violence, was originally supposed to expire in 2014.

The defence ministry official said that the CSF arrangement will continue in 2016 as well.

The announcement came after an agreement was reached during the meeting of the US- Pakistan Defence Consultative Group (DCG) held in Washington on December 16 and 17. (ANI)