Earlier this week US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of providing “safe haven” to militant groups and feeding “lies and deceit” to the United States.
Days after the United States put Pakistan on notice to act against terror outfits in the country – the Donald Trump administration on Friday took a major step to suspend all security assistance to Islamabad. Earlier this week the US President accused Pakistan of providing “safe haven” to militant groups and feeding “lies and deceit” to the United States.
Pakistan has been receiving the US funds – which amounts to more than $1.15 billion – for years. The latest suspension by the Trump administration is likely to remain until the end of the year, till Pakistan takes evident steps against terrorism in the country.
The suspended amount by the US administration includes major funds – like USD 255 million in Foreign Military Funding (FMF) for the fiscal year 2016 and the entire USD 900 million of the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) money to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017.
Confirming the suspension of funds to reporters on Thursday, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said, “Today, we can confirm that we are suspending national security — or, excuse me — we are suspending security assistance only to Pakistan at this time.”
.@POTUS was clear when he announced his South Asia policy in August that no partnership can survive the harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. service members and officials. More than four months later, these groups still find sanctuary inside #Pakistan.— Heather Nauert (@statedeptspox) January 5, 2018
Further stating that the Taliban and Haqqani Network continue working actively with their bases in Pakistan – Nauert said, “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.”
“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 destabilize Afghanistan and also attack US and allied personnel,” Nauert added.
Claiming that even Pakistan has been adversely affected by terrorism in the region, Nauert said, “Pakistan has greatly suffered from terrorism, and the security services have been effective in combating the groups that target Pakistani interests, such as Al-Qaeda, ISIS and the Pakistani Taliban. We have now worked closely with Pakistan against these groups.”
“Pakistan has greatly suffered from terrorism, and the security services have been effective in combating the groups that target Pakistani interests, such as Al-Qaeda, ISIS and the Pakistani Taliban. We have now worked closely with Pakistan against these groups,” she added.
However, the United States asserted that they would make exemptions on a case-by-case basis and hoped to renew its bilateral security relationship with Pakistan – only if Islamabad plans to aggressively counter terror outfits.
“So we will not be delivering military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan unless it is required by law. I think that part answers your questions. There may be some exemptions that are made on a case-by-case basis, if they’re determined to be critical to national security interests,” said Nauert.