USA suspends security assistance to Pakistan

  • USA suspends security assistance to Pakistan

USA suspends security assistance to Pakistan

For the success of covert operations launched by RAW-NDS combine backed by CIA, MI-6, Mossad and BND from Afghan and Iran soils in FATA and Baluchistan from 2003 onwards, Pakistan was subjected to a willful propaganda campaign to demonize and discredit it by painting it as the most risky country of the world.

The US had, however, joined India in condemning the release of Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed from house arrest in November.

Trump unveiled in August a South Asia strategy aimed at ending the stalemate in the US war in Afghanistan, now entering its 17th year.

However, Nauert did not give the size of the assistance that was now being suspended.

"We're still working through the details of exactly what's going to be captured there", said the official.

But US officials accuse Islamabad of ignoring or even collaborating with groups that attack Afghanistan from safe havens along the countries' border.

"We will not be delivering military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Thursday.

"Security assistance funding and pending deliveries will be frozen but not canceled, as we continue to hope Pakistan will take the decisive action against terrorist and militant groups that we seek", Evans told CNN.

US assistance to Pakistan, which rose sharply after the 9/11 attacks, has been declining since 2011 when American commandos killed Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan, straining relations.

But Pakistan's foreign office issued a cautious statement in which it said it was "engaged" with United States officials and awaiting further details. For fiscal year 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, it has authorized up to $900 million in CSF, which falls under Pentagon authority. He said Pakistan could fall back on Saudi Arabia and China for military supplies, but it still depends on the USA for certain types of high-end equipment.

There has been a 62% decline in security aid from the the United States of America (USA) to Pakistan over the last five years, according to an IndiaSpend analysis of data released by the US Congressional Research Service (CRS).

According to a senior State Department official, no decision has been taken on the fate of Dollars 255 million security assistance to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017.

Now, the money that has been suspended at this time does not mean that it will be suspended forever, she said.

All of that money could be provided to the Pakistani government in the future if it takes certain "specific and concrete steps" relayed to it by the administration, the official noted, telling reporters the administration wants Pakistan to see the decision "as an incentive, not a punishment". The CSF funds also compensate Pakistan for allowing the US-led coalition forces access its airfields and ports to provide supplies and logistics in their deployment in Afghanistan.

"They understand that, but still they arent taking the steps that they need to take in order to fight terrorism", she said.

Exemptions will be made in cases of "critical national security" and officials refused to put a figure on how much Pakistan will lose out on if it fails to cooperate.

"We have not done anything thats irreversible here. What matters I think to the Pakistanis is that it is the symbolism of doing this that it represents a deterioration of our relationship that they care about a great deal", the official said. "All this funding is available to Pakistan, if they undertake to take the measures that weve asked of them", one official said.

"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 destabilize Afghanistan, and also attack United States and allied personnel".

The move comes after President Trump ramped up his criticism of the hard American ally in a series of tweets earlier in the week, accusing Pakistan of giving the U.S.

Earlier on Thursday, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson placed Pakistan on a "Special Watch List for severe violations of religious freedom".