Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

The decline and change in United States aid to Pakistan

The decline and change in United States aid to Pakistan

It's more a testament of the trouble the U.S. is in that a presidential tweet can be regarded as incoherent ramblings.

Pakistan will highlight its sacrifices in the war against terrorism at the diplomatic front; and if the USA reduces or suspends aid to Pakistan or places any sanctions, the country will completely revise its relations policy with the superpower, according to sources.

"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 and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools", Trump said, adding that "they give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help". But this should have been done much earlier in view of continuous negative signals emanating from Washington and statements of United States leaders in recent weeks.

Khawaja Asif repeatedly talked of Pakistanis' sacrifices. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.

While detailed contents of the letter are not known, it is believed it was sent by an organization called Sadf, which is reportedly banned in Pakistan. "We are not hungry for their aid", Zeeshan, a civil servant, told Ruptly, adding that his country does not "need any kind of aid from anyone".

'He has tweeted against us (Pakistan) and Iran for his domestic consumption, ' Asif told Geo TV on Monday.

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Perhaps, though, it wont come to that, as Washington announced that it has decided cut financial support to Islamabad.

Helping find a path to a political deal between Kabul and the Afghan Taliban would help end the war there and obviate the need for the USA administration to lean heavily on Pakistan. "There are clear reasons for this".

The United States is preparing new measures against Pakistan due to alleged support for terrorism, USA spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Haley again accused Pakistan of harboring extremists and said the U.S. expects "far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism".

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the plan to withhold $225 million in foreign assistance to Pakistan during a press briefing at U.N. headquarters in NY.

"The real challenges in Afghanistan were political infighting, massive corruption, phenomenal growth of drug production and expansion of ungoverned spaces inside Afghanistan full of sanctuaries for multiple global terrorist organizations, posing a serious and direct threat to Afghanistan, its neighbors including Pakistan and the entire region", stated Pakistani Foreign office.

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The Pakistani government issued a formal response Tuesday after an emergency meeting of the National Security Committee of top civilian and military leaders, with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in the chair.

Pakistan's embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

It informed Congress then that it would freeze the payment until Pakistan cracked down more heavily on terrorism.

In 2016, Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was killed by a US drone strike inside Pakistan and in 2011, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was found and killed by USA troops in the garrison town of Abbottabad.

Washington has long accused Pakistan, especially its security institutions, of turning ignoring or covertly helping the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani terrorist network to stage cross-border attacks against Afghan and USA -led forces.

Trump went a step further putting this doubt in unambiguous terms.

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Days after USA president Donald Trump accused Pakistan of "lies and deceit", foreign minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif responded to Trump in a series of tweets and said: "You ask what we've done?".

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