Pragmatic | A certificate for Pakistan

Given by the US Secretary of State under the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Bill

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Signed by the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on March 18, 2011, this is the annual certification required under the Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, which is popularly known as the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill. Pending this certification, the bill limits certain security-related assistance to Pakistan in each fiscal year, from 2011 to 2014. Out of the $3 billion (excluding the Coalition Support Fund) that the US State department requested for Pakistan in the fiscal year 2011, only $296 million under Foreign Military Financing is contingent on this certification by the US Secretary of State.

Even if it was for barely 10% of the US money going to Pakistan, what did the US Secretary of State certify? On the face of it, these certifications do not look very convincing.

However, US Government Accountability Office in its report of July 19 (GAO-11-786R) has stated that it will be assess the certification and the accompanying memorandum of justification, to evaluate the justification for the certification, in a separate report. Alas, that GAO report to the Congress and the Senate will be classified.

Hat tip to my fellow blogger, Retributions for pointing the latest GAO report.

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