United States blocks 'security' aid to Pakistan over inaction against Afghan Taliban

Trevor Jackson
January 10, 2018

Expressing his concerns over the rise in Pakistan funded terrorism; US President Donald Trump had suspended all security assistance to Pakistan.

The key element in the new U.S. strategy for Afghanistan is to launch a two-pronged military offensive that inflicts a military defeat on the Taliban and forces them to join the Afghan reconciliation process on Kabul's conditions, diplomatic sources told Dawn News. "The US will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan", State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters.

He, in fact, was so acerbic during an interview that he went on the say that USA was a friend who always betrayed and added that in case of any U.S. aggression, "Pakistan would respond in a manner that would reflect the nation's will". But even if the Trump administration follows through and withholds aid-including allocations that are still in the pipeline from previous fiscal years (possibly totaling well over $2 billion, although exact figures are still being tabulated)-will it induce a change in Pakistan's behavior? "But I'll give my advice on it to the President". "I also agree on some confidentiality there", he said. The deadline for that is September 30 this year. Mattis traveled to Pakistan last month.

However, this deterioration does not come as a surprise to those paying attention to the decline in our bilateral relations. "I'm not able to comment on specific steps at this time".

Ghafoor said that Pakistan never fought for money, but for peace.

"Unfortunately, we have not seen the kind of meaningful action that we were seeking", the White House official rued.Responding to a question, the official said United States has "a number of tools in its toolkit" and can "take unilateral" steps.

"So they know exactly what it is that we've asked of them", the official added. Those adventures led to the creation of FATA, a buffer zone between Pakistan and Afghanistan, which later became the source of many troubles. Obviously, Pakistan is important, an important relationship to the U.S., because together we can work hard to combat terrorism.

But on Tuesday, Pakistan called Trump's tweet "completely incomprehensible" and at odds with recent "trust-building" visits by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Mr. Mattis.

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"We have not done anything that's irreversible here".

Much to the "immense" frustration of the United States, Pakistan continued to deny that there are terrorist safe havens in the country and that they have little leverage over them, the official said, speaking to reporters on the condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak publicly.

The U.S. decision last week to suspend military aid to Pakistan is not only defensible but justified. We're looking at all options. Conversely, the tightening Indian embrace of United States policymakers over these past 15 years has paid off. India has managed to de-hyphenate U.S. relations with the Indo-Pak region and convinced the USA to create an independent and expanded relationship with itself not only in terms of doing business but also in terms of pursuing similar geostrategic goals, in terms of counterbalancing China and allowing India a greater role in stabilising Afghanistan.

"So we were hoping that this is an incentive that they don't want to see this relationship deteriorate any further.", he added.

"There has been ample time for Pakistan to show that it is taking our requests seriously", the official added, calling the USA requests "very clear".

Washington accuses Islamabad of assisting Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network militants causing chaos in Afghanistan.

This suspension includes FMF 2016 ($255 million) as well as prior year FMF that has not yet been spent or delivered. "My bill will take the money that would have gone to Pakistan and put it in an infrastructure fund to build roads and bridges here at home". However, the suspension does not include USA civilian assistance programs in Pakistan. "We have had no indication of anything like that", he said in response to a question. The elements of the Pakistani government that needs to take the steps that we're talking about are not touched by civilian assistance. Quite unsurprisingly they are arguing that Pakistan can ride out this drop in assistance, that Pakistan may lack the requisite ability to rein in the various terrorist networks that are operating on its soil, and that it can make it exceedingly hard for the United States to continue supplying its forces in Afghanistan. "We are having conversations on a weekly basis at senior levels with the Pakistanis".

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