Monday, November 29, 1999

Pak armed forces` depleting reserves may harm war on terror: Defence Secretary

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Islamabad, June 18(ANI): Pakistan Defence Secretary has informed the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the National Assembly that financial reserves of the country's armed forces were depleting due to the ongoing military operations near the Afghan border.Lieutenant General (retd) Syed Athar Ali warned that if the funds required were not provided to the military it would be forced to 'reprioritise' its options, possibly affecting Pakistan's cooperation in the war on terror."During my recent meeting with US defence secretary, I raised the issue of delays in release of money under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), telling him that in the absence of necessary support we won't be able to maintain high level of cooperation," The Dawn quoted Lieutenant General (retd) Ali, as saying.The PAC was discussing the accounts of defence services for 2007-08 at a meeting chaired by Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan. (ANI)

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