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Diversion of funds: US sends team to Pak

world Updated: Sep 16, 2009 01:26 IST
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Amidst former President Pervez Musharraf's revelation that Pakistan used US military aid to strengthen its defences against India, a top American military official on Tuesday said a team was recently sent to Islamabad to review the reimbursement system under Coalition Support Funds.

In a written reply to Senate Armed Services Committee, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of the Staff Admiral Mike Mullen said the team was sent to review the Coalition Support Funds, which provides reimbursement to Pakistan for expense incurred while conducting operations against war on terrorism.

However, there was no reference if it had any links with Musharraf's recent claim that US military aid to Pakistan for the war against terrorism was used during his tenure to strengthen defences against India.

"We recently sent a team to Pakistan to review, with the Pakistan military, the CSF documentation and other requirements in order to improve accountability and timeliness of payments," Mullen said. However, he did not say what was the result of the finding or if the team has returned.

Coalition Support Funds, he said, are a key element toward meeting US objectives in the Afghan-Pakistan strategy. "We continue to work with the Pakistan military to improve CSF processes, and ensure appropriate accountability and transparency for CSF," the Admiral said.