US Withholds Pakistan Of Nearly $900 Million In Security Aid

12 January, 2018, 18:35 | Author: Wade Massey
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The army spokesperson's reaction came as the U.S. withheld Dollars 255 million in aid to Pakistan following United States President Donald Trump's tweet castigating Islamabad for providing safe havens to terrorists.

On Monday, he tweeted that the United States had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than US$33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but "lies and deceit".

The action announced on Thursday is in addition to a decision disclosed earlier this week in which the national security council said the U.S. will continue to withhold $255 million (€212 million) in military aid as the White House reviews Pakistan's "level of co-operation" in fighting terrorism.

She said until Pakistan takes "decisive action" against those groups, security assistance was suspended.

After the earlier comments by Mr Trump it called attacks on it by U.S. officials "incomprehensible" and said they "negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation".

Following up on that tweet, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert announced today that the withholding security assistance to Pakistan.

Pakistan has been frustrating successive administrations since 2001, when USA troops ousted the Taliban regime in Afghanistan for providing a safe haven for Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader who masterminded the September 11 attacks on the U.S. The New York Times cited unnamed administration officials saying as much as $1.3 billion in aid could be suspended.

He added that Pakistan has taken action against the Haqqani network and the effects will be visible in due course of time.

With American and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troops scheduled to depart Afghanistan next year, the relationship between the Afghan Taliban and Pakistan has become more important than ever.

"They give safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

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The U.S. leaders claim that Pakistan is not taking action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network, who are blamed for attacks on the USA and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.

In a speech on his south Asia policy in August, Mr Trump made clear that Pakistan must do more to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Speaker National Assembly Ayaz Sadiq presided over the meeting, said Radio Pakistan.

Since 2002, the USA has given Pakistan nearly $34 billion in foreign aid. Ayres says there's always a danger of pushing too hard, but the Trump administration has many things to consider when it comes to Pakistan.

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The official reaction issued by the Foreign Office was more measured than the angry reactions from some Pakistani leaders, including foreign minister Khawaja Asif, who has said the country could account for all the aid provided by the US.

According to NBC News, the administration is withholding "hundreds of millions of dollars" in funding to Pakistan that would have gone toward their efforts in fighting terrorism.

"We will not make compromise on our dignity", Asif said.

Pakistan's government denies it has ties to terror groups and has pointed to military offensives it has conducted against insurgents in remote parts of the country.


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