Washington : Denying media reports, a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) spokesperson has said no agreement between America and Pakistan has been reached yet for payment of Coalition Support Fund dues.
“There is no agreement at all yet,” The Express Tribune quoted Commander Bill Speaks, as saying. He added that discussions on the matter of CSF are still ongoing.
Media reports had earlier stated that the U.S. has agreed to pay 75 percent of outstanding CSF dues to Pakistan.
On Friday, while presenting the annual budget, the Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh had claimed that the U.S. owes Pakistan nearly 1.2 billion dollars in CSF payments.
The U.S. DoD said it has approved over 8.8 billion dollars in CSF payments to Pakistan since 2002, with the last payment being in December 2010 for 633 million dollars. The CSF remains a contentious issue between Pakistan and the U.S., and has not been disbursed since 2010, in a period where relations between both countries had deteriorated.
It is also part of the negotiations to re-open the NATO supply line through Pakistan. The supply line had been closed in November 2011, after NATO helicopters killed 24 Pakistani soldiers at a border check post.