United States suspension of aid to impact security cooperation, regional peace: DG ISPR

Pauline Gross
January 10, 2018

Mr. Trump could marshal other diplomatic tools, to see if more constructive cooperation with Pakistan is possible.

China could once again be the beneficiary of a Trump decision whose signature tune is estrangement with and from long-time partners. He reiterated longstanding allegations that Pakistan gives "safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan". It also placed the country on a watch list of nations failing to protect religious freedom. She said while working with.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif yesterday alleged that Trump's recent remarks against his country showed that he was "talking in the language of India".

At a third briefing, two US State Department officials said the suspension could affect Foreign Military Financing carried forward from 2016 as well as previous funds not yet been spent or delivered.

Pakistan's opposition, meanwhile, called for concrete actions to retaliate. They said they could make exceptions for money that went to critical United States national security priorities. Khan has called for Pakistan to expel some US diplomatic personnel and cut off supply routes for the USA -led coalition forces from the port city of Karachi to landlocked Afghanistan, as well as close its airspace to USA forces.

"Our hope is that they will see this as a further indication of this administration's huge frustration with the trajectory of our relationship and that they need to be serious about taking the steps we asked in order to put it on a more solid footing", the State Department Official said. According to a senior State Department official, no decision has been taken on the fate of $255 million security assistance to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017. USA officials have long complained that Pakistan tolerates or even encourages extremists, charges denied by Islamabad.

It said that Pakistan believed that its cooperation with the United States in fighting terrorism directly served U.S. national security interests as well as the larger interests of the global community.

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The freezing of all security assistance to Pakistan comes days after President Donald Trump in a new year tweet accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the USA but "lies and deceit".

"So they know exactly what it is that we've asked of them", the official added. 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. In 2011, Adm. Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff, told a Senate committee that the Haqqani network was a "veritable arm" of the Pakistani security service.

The Army spokesman reiterated that there are no more "organised" terrorist sanctuaries inside Pakistan. "Effects of action against the Haqqani network will be visible in due time", he said.

"For all the talk of how the US may finally be taking its pressure to a new level to get the results it wants, pushing harder could backfire in a big way", cautioned Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Asia Program at the Wilson Center, a Washington-based foreign policy think tank.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said on Thursday: "We encourage market entities from both countries to use our own currencies in clearing bilateral trade and investment". In fact, since September 11, the US has if anything been too forgiving, slashing aid and then restoring it without evidence of real reform. They failed to uncover or apprehend Osama bin Laden, who was killed by American special forces in a stunning raid on a compound near Pakistan's major military barracks in Abbottabad. "Nothing has been reappropriated", a senior administration official said of the $1.9 billion in aid. The suspension of funding includes Coalition Support Funds for Pakistan, a sum the Pentagon provides to help pay the costs of Pakistan's counter-terror operations.Congress authorized up to $900 million in these support funds for Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017, none of which has been disbursed.

According to another senior administration official, as part of the latest decision, the United States will now not deliver military equipment or transfer security related funds to Pakistan unless required by law.

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