US Freezes Over $1 Billion Military Aid to Pak Over Terror Inaction

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre intends to do exactly what he opposed as chief minister. PTI file

The Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre intends to do exactly what he opposed as chief minister. PTI file

Khan also said that the U.S. is busy in a blame game against Pakistan rather than providing it with assistance to secure the Pak-Afghan border.

In an impromptu news conference with Pentagon reporters January 5, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said the USA has "had disagreements, strong disagreements on some issues, and we're working those". But there have always been reservations and resentment in Washington about Pakistan stiffing the U.S. both in the reasoning and the billing process relating to CSF, while at the same time providing safe havens to terror groups that attack USA troops in.

At a seminar titled "Contours of Security Environment of Pakistan", he reportedly said that despite the United States spending billions of dollars, it was facing defeat in Afghanistan and was using Pakistan as a scapegoat for its failures.

Dastagir made a formal announcement of suspension of the cooperation however, he said that land and air passage have been kept permitted for now and the option would be exhausted at optimum time.

Mohammad's release comes during a time of heightened tensions between the US and Pakistan after President Donald Trump's decision to suspend aid to Pakistan due to alleged inaction taken against the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist militant groups.

Despite the tension, however, U.S. and Pakistani officials remain in contact with each other. Uncle Sam has turned off the music, turned down the lights, and taken down all bells and whistles by suspending more than $ 1 billion in security assistance, all of which will resume only if Pakistan takes "decisive action" against terror groups that it has long nurtured and harbored.

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"Pakistan does not want to put a price on its sacrifices but wants them to be recognised", the defence minister said, adding that Pakistan will not allow Afghanistan's war to be fought on Pakistani territory.

In an interaction with reporters, two senior state department officials insisted that such a move is not a punishment, but to provide an "incentive" to Pakistan to take more action against terrorist groups.

He also added that it could be a backup plan in response to the Indo-Pacific strategy of the United States and its allies and that if the USA 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.

"We have not done anything that's irreversible here". The fresh tirade by Trump prompt stern response from Pakistan.

Despite its much talked up ties with China and Saudi Arabia neither country has rescued Pakistan from its financial mess, and many Pakistani commentators are now pointing out that Beijing is actually exploiting Pakistan's vulnerability with its China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project that is aimed at helping China more than Pakistan. It still needs the dollar though for trade with much of the world. Download The for your device.

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