US suspends security assistance to Pak



Washington, Jan 5: In yet another setback to Pakistan, United States has suspended security assistance to Pak military until it takes “decisive action” against the Taliban and Haqqani militants who have been attacking U.S. forces in Afghanistan from their hideouts across the border in Pakistan.
State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, the suspension would allow the administration, which will freeze the aid payments but not allocate the money elsewhere, to reassess in the coming year.
“Until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against terror groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network — we consider them to be destabilising the region and also targeting US personnel — the US will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan,” Nauert said.
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 destabilise Afghanistan and also attack US and allied personnel,” she said.
The move came days after the administration accused Pakistan of playing a double game. Trump accused Pakistan of providing “safe haven” to terrorists and feeding the US nothing but “lies and deceit”.
After this suspension Pakistan will lose out on more than $1.15 billion which it has been receiving over the years.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif also alleged that US President Donald Trump’s recent remarks against his country showed that he was “talking in the language of India”. He added, US was making Islamabad a scapegoat for its failure in Afghanistan. 
Trump in an angry tweet on the New Year day had accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists in return for USD 33 billion aid over the last 15 years. Soon after the president’s tweet, the White House had confirmed that the US had suspended its USD 255 million military aid to Pakistan.
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”, Trump tweeted.

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