USA suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan

USA suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan

USA suspends at least $900 million in security aid to Pakistan

Referring to Trumps new strategy, Nauert said despite a sustained high-level engagement by Trump administration with the government of Pakistan, the Taliban and the Haqqani Network continue to find sanctuary inside Pakistan as they plot to destabilise Afghanistan and also attack the U.S. and allied personnel.

USA officials said two main categories of aid are affected: foreign military financing (FMF), which funds purchases of US military hardware, training and services, and coalition support funds (CSF), which reimburse Pakistan for counter-terrorism operations.

The freezing of all security assistance to Pakistan comes after President Donald Trump in a New Years Day tweet accused the country of giving nothing to the USA but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for Dollars 33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the security spending would be suspended until Pakistan takes "decisive action" against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.

Tense ties between the uneasy allies nosedived on January 1 when U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out on Twitter against Islamabad's "lies and deceit" despite $33 billion in aid and the White House warned of "specific actions" to pressure Pakistan.

Relations between Pakistan and the USA long have been strained, and tensions have only grown since the summer, when the Trump administration announced its policy on Afghanistan and South Asia.

Mr Trump said the United States had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than $33bn (£24.4bn) in aid over the last 15 years, only to receive "lies and deceit" in return.

Pakistan's support for these groups must end, Washington insists. But cutting funding to Pakistan will do little to advance US interests in the region, analysts note.

Allegations and denunciations were made by Bush regime as well as Obama regime and Pakistan was constantly asked to do more.

Trump has accused Islamabad of providing a safe haven for terrorists.

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But despite the provocations, the U.S. does not want to completely rupture its relationship with Pakistan, where anti-American sentiment already runs high.

U.S. security aid to Pakistan fell 62%-from $849 million in financial year 2012 to $322 million in financial year 2016. The New York Times has quoted Trump administration officials as saying "around $1.3 billion could be frozen". In an article published on the website of Gatestone Institute, an worldwide policy council and think tank in New York, Islamabad-based journalist Kaswar Klasra has said that ISIS will continue to carry out attacks, itself or through other outfits such as Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and the Taliban, unless Pakistan takes them to task, reported ANI.

During an interaction with Pentagon reporters, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis did not respond to question if he was in favour of cutting off the aid to Pakistan.

There have been hints of a Pakistan aid cut by the Trump administration for months.

"There are considerable risks for the US because Pakistan could retaliate in ways that would be very problematic for USA regional interests", he said, such as curtailing intelligence cooperation and US supply lines into Afghanistan.

In August, he was more forthright and warned that Pakistan "has much to lose" if ig persisted in aiding terrorists. It accused the USA of scapegoating Pakistan for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan. Speaking of US-Pakistan relations, Nauert added: "No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists who target USA service members and officials".

But he said it could be a backup plan in response to the Indo-Pacific strategy of the US and its allies.

Sherry Rehman said that Pakistan knows well that how to deal its matters.

Drone strikes have been a frequent tactic by the U.S forces since 2004 to target suspected Taliban and al-Qaeda militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region, mainly North and South Waziristan, which border Afghanistan.

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