ISLAMABAD At a time when the country is passing through a critical time, fighting militancy and extremism as a 'frontline state, the government fears there will be a decline in military strikes against Taliban due to delay in reimbursement of claims under Coalition Support Fund (CSF) for logistical and military support for counterinsurgency operations. Senior officials told this reporter, when contacted, on Monday that the United States (US) is willfully delaying the reimbursement of claims under Coalition Support Fund (CSF) meant for logistical and military support for counterinsurgency operations to press Pakistan to 'do more against Taliban. Contrary to Pakistani officials, Richard Snelsire, spokesperson of the US Embassy in Islamabad, denied this allegation and said the United States is ready to make the payments due under CSF fund. Pakistan is holding up visas to our officials who need to come to Pakistan for completion of paper work that is mandatory before the reimbursement of claims payable to Pakistan, Richard Snelsire claimed, as he tried to clarify the United Statess position when questioned about the reason behind the delay in payment of compensation money to Pakistan - which is mandatory under CSF for logistical and military support for counterinsurgency operations. During his recent visit to Pakistan, Mr Holbrooke asked the Zardari-led government to issue visas to US officials who may come here to Islamabad to complete documents to make reimbursement of Pakistans claim as early as possible, Richard added. The US authorities have so far indicated that it would disburse $ 349 million(according to some reports $ 500 million) during the third quarter (Jan-March) of the ongoing fiscal year; while another $ 950 million to $ 1.1 billion would be released during the fourth quarter (April-June) of the 2009-10 fiscal year. According to US officials, Pakistani authorities have refused to extend or approve visas of at least 100 US officials who are supposed to meet higher authorities of Pakistan in order to complete paper work for release of funds to Pakistan. However, a Pakistani official said that it was a common tactic used by US government to delay reimbursement of claims under CSF since Pakistan became its coalition partner in war against terrorism after 9/11. US was to make reimbursement of $ 500 million claims under CSF for logistical and military support in November last year - but Pakistan has yet to receive the amount. We have not received the amount so far and are in contact with the US government to receive funds under CSF, a senior official of Finance Ministry said when contacted on Monday. It is on the record that Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin has stated Pakistans current bill under CSF stood at over $ 1.8 billion, which was expected to reach $ 2.4 billion by June end 2010 due to operations in Waziristan. Pakistans expenditures on account of military operation in Waziristan are expected to be one billion dollars during current financial year 2009-10 which Pakistan would claim as reimbursement from US under CSF. Finance Minister Shaukat Tarin said that security expenditures were higher than expected and added that due to higher expenditures, the revenue target for the current year had been increased from Rs 1,380 billion to Rs 1,396 billion. It is worth mentioning here that during the negotiations in Dubai in November last year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had proposed to cut development budget by 25 percent due to financial pressure followed by ongoing operation in Waziristan. If the external inflows improved and expenditures were brought under control, the cut in development expenditures may be adjusted, said Saqib Sherani, a senior Finance Ministry official. Pakistan is currently undergoing financial difficulties and may slash development budget by Rs 200 billion (over $ 2 billion) due to hike in spending on military operations in Waziristan and poor external cash flows from Friends of Democratic Pakistan (FoDP) including US.