Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump hints at ending all aid to Pakistan

Trump hints at ending all aid to Pakistan

In China's officialdom, Mr. Trump's verbal assault on Pakistan triggered a robust defence by Beijing of its all-weather ally.

"Yusufzai argued that Trump's policy of making policy decisions via "very strong words" on Twitter was one of the causes of the current problems in relations between the two countries, and "one of the reasons why Pakistan is so angry and defiant".

"It has been more than four months since the president's speech, and despite a sustained high-level engagement by this administration with the government of Pakistan, the Taliban and the Haqqani network continue to find sanctuary inside Pakistan as they plot to destabilize Afghanistan and also attack US and allied personnel", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said at a press briefing Thursday. "But right now, we're frustrated and we want to indicate to Pakistan our seriousness about the issue of dealing with safe havens", the official said.

Nauert, in her media briefing in Washington, also noted, "No country has suffered more from terrorism than Pakistan".

Pakistan was engaged with the USA administration on security cooperation and awaited further detail, it said.

But nevertheless, the total figure of $1.9 billion is much higher than first indicated and is a signal of Washington's seriousness.

U.S. officials claim that despite Pakistan's public bluster, Islamabad could take a more conciliatory position.

But Indian officials are aware that while Trump's bombastic outburst gives the impression of a dramatic first-time tectonic shift in policy, American military aid has been scaled back from Pakistan several times in the past, including most recently during the Obama years.

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But US officials accuse Islamabad of ignoring or even collaborating with groups that attack Afghanistan from safe havens along the border between the two countries. -Pakistani cooperation for winning the release of a Canadian-American family held for five years by militants from the Haqqani network - a Taliban faction that stages attacks in Afghanistan. But it could end up backfiring by diminishing the cooperation between the US and Pakistan to combat terror groups in the region. "At this stage all Fiscal Year 17 CSF have been suspended, so that's the entire amount of United States dollars 900 million", Andrews said.

Now, the Defense Department has been instructed to stop making payments from "coalition support funds" set aside to refund Pakistani spending on counter-terrorist operations. "The worldwide community should acknowledge that", said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang, calling China and Pakistan "all weather partners". We prefer to cooperate with Pakistan.

"We don't need any type of aid". "We have engaged every level from President Trump down". "So we just disagree with that", said the official who was responding to a question to a statement made by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawja Asif who had alleged that the USA is "trumpeting India's lies and deceit" and is speaking the "language of Indians".

"Arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing common threats", Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday. USA troops in Afghanistan are being supplied with food and military equipment by the routes from Pakistan to Afghanistan. This year's fighting season will begin again within months.

'I'm not concerned, ' the defense secretary tells reporters after the White House announced an intention to suspend military aid to Islamabad.

The move, which U.S. officials had hinted at for months, was greeted optimistically in Afghanistan. While we give them billions of dollars in aid, we are simultaneously aware of their intelligence and military apparatus assisting the Afghan Taliban.

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.

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