The United States said yesterday it was suspending at least US$900 million (S$1.19 billion) in security assistance to Pakistan until it takes action against the Afghan Taleban and the Haqqani network militant groups.
"Our hope is that they will see this as a further indication of this administration's enormous frustration with the trajectory of our relationship and that they need to be serious about taking the steps we have asked in order to put it on more solid footing", a senior State Department official told reporters.
"Countries like Pakistan that stonewall access to key information in fighting terrorism don't deserve our money", the senator added. The officer also hinted on the lift of the suspension if Pakistan complies and takes strict action against the militant terrorists. There are elements sympathetic to Pakistan in the State Department - people who have always kept up the pretence that Pakistan was an ally of the USA in its "global war on terrorism" knowing full well that it was nothing but a figment of imagination.
"We do not believe this is the language of India". They said they could make exceptions to fund critical USA national security priorities.
Briefing reporters, US officials stressed the suspension did not affect civilian aid to Pakistan and that the money could go through if Islamabad took decisive action against the groups.
"W$3 e pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. It totals about billions worth of military assistance that has been planned", the official said, adding, the suspension also includes United States dollars 900 million in the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), which the U.S. considers as security aid while Pakistan considers it as a reimbursement.
It is "approximately two billion worth of equipment and coalition support funding that is in play", the senior official said on condition of anonymity. "I don't think they will fully cut off the assistance, because they still want to work with Pakistan". Nothing's been reprogrammed. We're hopeful that we can lift the suspension and the aid would be able to go forward.
"There will be exceptions made".
"The cooperation between Pakistan and United States in fighting terrorism has directly served USA national security interests as well as the larger interests of the worldwide community", the statement continued. "I don't want to get into specific because the implementation is still being worked out but there certainly will be exceptions made when the items are deemed to be in the U.S. national security interests", the official said. "This is just going to confirm for a lot of Pakistanis that the U.S.is a highly unreliable partner". "They are saying that they are not very dependent on the U.S.". But it could end up backfiring by diminishing the cooperation between the USA and Pakistan to combat terror groups in the region. We are hopeful that we will be able to cooperate in the future. He reiterated longstanding allegations that Pakistan gives "safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan".
"You can eliminate some, but the thing is, the Pakistanis already believe the USA has a very short attention span", he said.
"The president has shown that he is willing to speak with clarity when he talks about Pakistan and our relationship", the official said.
President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE spent the first week of the year flexing his muscles on the world stage, strongly supporting Iranian protestors and sending the signal that foreign aid could be cut off to nations that differ too much from US policies. In 2011, the Obama administration suspended $800 million of military aid two months after U.S. Navy SEALs took out Osama bin Laden in a residential compound just three hours away from Pakistan's capital, Islamabad.