USA suspending most aid to Pakistan as it fails to curb terrorism

Randolph Lopez
January 5, 2018

"Until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network, we consider them to be destabilizing the region and also targeting USA personnel, the United States will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan".

Thursday's announcement was in addition to the $255 million in foreign military assistance that the Trump administration in August said it was withholding, she said.

Askari warned the suspension of millions of dollars in security assistance might see the United States lose crucial influence over Pakistan which will instead look to other countries for support.

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.

The new development comes days after Trump accused Pakistan of reciprocating to years of United States aid with lies and deceit.

Some regional analysts question whether the Trump administration has a plan for how to move forward, or if the decision to cut funding was a reaction to recent comments from Pakistan's foreign minister, who accused Trump on Wednesday of lying about how much aid the USA gives Pakistan.

This is not the first time the US has cut assistance to Pakistan.

It's not clear the threat to cut off funding will be enough to influence Pakistan.

The rare reaction follows recent statements from top US officials, including President Donald Trump, accusing Islamabad of "playing a double-game" and providing safe havens to militants fighting in war-torn Afghanistan. The US was one of the first nations to establish a bilateral relationship with Pakistan and the two remained close allies during the cold war, forming an integral part of anti-Soviet alliances such as CENTO and SEATO.

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According to a senior State Department official, no decision has been taken on the fate of Dollars 255 million security assistance to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017. The $33 billion Trump referred to represents all US military and economic aid to Pakistan since 2002.

Observers say Jiwani could be a pressure tactic by Pakistan as China is already developing Gwadar where earlier reports said Beijing plans to station its marines.

Washington accuses Pakistan of playing a risky double game, taking billions in United States aid while supporting militants attacking its forces in Afghanistan, including the Taliban.

USA officials told reporters that the suspension did not affect civilian aid to Pakistan and that the money could go through if Islamabad took decisive action against the militant groups.

"The Trump administration decision has abundantly vindicated India's stand as far as terror is concerned and as far as the role of Pakistan is concerned in perpetrating terrorism", according to minister of state in Prime Minister's Office Jitendra Singh, NDTV reported on January 2, 2018.

The latest USA defense budget signed by Trump in December allocates $700 million in conditional aid to reimburse Pakistan for supporting US military operations in Afghanistan, but the aid is facing more scrutiny.

Prof. Lin believes if the US and its allies push their Indo- Pacific strategy to the extreme, China will surely carry out a plan with Pakistan to ensure the security of sea routes. Sadiq said on Friday that "what the doing now is not good for its policy against terrorism and for a lasting peace in this region".

On Thursday, the US State Department also tweeted that it has placed deeply conservative Muslim Pakistan on a special watch list for severe violations of religious freedom. For the success of covert operations launched by RAW-NDS combine backed by CIA, MI-6, Mossad and BND from Afghan and Iran soils in FATA and Baluchistan from 2003 onwards, Pakistan was subjected to a willful propaganda campaign to demonize and discredit it by painting it as the most risky country of the world.

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