USA freezes over $1.1 billion aid to Pakistan for harbouring terror groups


There has been no official statement about the meeting, neither has there been any response from the Indian government on the USA announcement about suspension of military assistance to Pakistan.

The US President Donald Trump last week criticized Pakistan in strong words for harboring the terrorist groups despite receiving billions in aid to support the counter-terrorism efforts in Afghanistan. The US, she said, will not be delivering military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan unless it is required by law. "This kind of running your foreign policy through the media can not achieve much, and is going to alienate more and more allies", he suggested. There should not be any doubts when it comes to the defence of Pakistan, he had said.

"It has so thoroughly shocked the elites that we actually are going to protect America, and defend America, and that we're actually going to render judgement", he said.

Noting that the "previous administrations have tried to exercise what they might call strategic patience or offering inducements like Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill which gave billions of dollars to Pakistan", the official said none of it has worked so far. I think this is about the region and the future of the region.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that Washington would withhold $255 million in assistance to Pakistan from the Foreign Military Financing fund, which is used to provide military equipment and training to a friendly country. In February 2016, he had introduced a joint resolution in the senate opposing an Obama administration's proposal to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan at costs subsidized by USA taxpayers. "So it's going to have some effect in the short term, and we don't know how long this will continue, so we have to really guess what is going to happen in the long term".

Pakistan has become an unreliable ally.

In this July 24, 2016 file photo, a United States military personal stands guard during a graduation ceremony for Afghan troops, in Lashkargah, capital of southern Helmand province, Afghanistan. Specifically more has to be done to counter the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. "Pakistan is saying that the Haqqani no longer exist in Pakistan". We prefer to cooperate with Pakistan.

Furthermore, one of the explanations Islamabad has been able to fall back on is the 2.7 million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan for almost four decades now, and among whom terror groups such as al-Qaeda and Haqqani can easily hide and operate. And we believe we owe it to the Americans in harm's way in Afghanistan.

"So, I wouldn't classify it is looking at Pakistan through the Afghanistan lens". So there are problems for Pakistan, and it has to put its own house in order. "I say we should stop now. That has to be done by the Afghan government, the Americans and the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces", Yusufzai concluded.

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