USA could freeze $2B in aid to Pakistan

Trevor Jackson
January 7, 2018

The legislation will end all aid to Pakistan, going beyond the suspension of security-related assistance the Trump administration announced hours later.

"This can help to have a more effective policy toward Pakistan and we can get some better results this time around", he said in response to a question. The impact of the United States decision on pursuit of common objectives is also likely to emerge more clearly in due course of time, Pakistan's Foreign Office said in a statement in Islamabad. US aid agencies alone gave nearly $5 million to Pakistan in 2017, according to data from USAID. The officer also hinted on the lift of the suspension if Pakistan complies and takes strict action against the militant terrorists.

Reacting to Trump move, Pakistan had earlier said, "We are engaged with the US Administration on the issue of security cooperation and await further details", reported Times Now. Pakistan would continue honest efforts for restoration of peace and national interest, he reiterated.

When asked about other steps like removing Pakistan from its non-NATO ally status, the official responded saying the U.S. has a number of tools in its toolkit.

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Asif's blunt remarks contradict the stand taken by the Pakistan Army on US President Donald Trump's latest accusation that Pakistan has given the US nothing but lies and deceit thinking of US leaders as fools and now is the time to stop the financial aid to Pakistan. "No more!" Trump said in a Twitter post on Monday. Yet the Taliban and the Haqqani network, both designated terrorist organisations by America, enjoy safe havens in Pakistan.

Nauert said that Defence secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had travelled to Pakistan in recent months to deliver tough message to the country's leadership.

It believes that a Pakistani crackdown could be pivotal in deciding the outcome of the war in Afghanistan-entering its 17th year-by weakening the Taliban militarily and forcing the organization to the negotiating table. "What matters, I think, to the Pakistanis is the - is the symbolism of doing this, that it represents a deterioration of our relationship, something that they care about a great deal", said a senior administration official.

"So they know exactly what it is that we've asked of them, and the evaluation to date has been that they have done - they have not taken decisive action on our requests". "They understand that, but still they aren't taking the steps that they need to take in order to fight terrorism", she said. This is the language of the president and the USA administration. But, it did not lead to any tangible change in behaviour, besides piecemeal changes.

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