US Ambassador Discusses Pakistan Aid Cut With India

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Some regional analysts question whether the Trump administration has a plan for how to move forward, or if the decision to cut funding was a reaction to recent comments from Pakistan's foreign minister, who accused Trump on Wednesday of lying about how much aid the US gives Pakistan. Through major counter-terrorism operations, Pakistan has cleared all these areas resulting in elimination of organised terrorist presence, the statement said.

"That is what approximately USD2 billion worth of equipment and the Coalition support funding that that is in play", the official said. "The US will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan", she said.

On Thursday, the US announced it would halt an estimated $1 billion worth of aid, after President Donald Trump criticized Pakistan as providing a "safe haven" for terrorists while providing nothing but "lies and deceit".

"There are legitimate reasons to cut back funding to Pakistan, but winning a Twitter war isn't one of them", he said.

The CSF funds for 2017, as authorised by Congress, stand at $900 million. "So we just disagree with that", said the official who was responding to a question to a statement made by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawja Asif who had alleged that the U.S. is "trumpeting India's lies and deceit" and is speaking the "language of Indians". "No funds have been reprogrammed, and we are hopeful of future cooperation from Pakistan that would allow the suspension to be lifted", the spokesperson added. "What matters, I think, to the Pakistanis is the - is the symbolism of doing this, that it represents a deterioration of our relationship, something that they care about a great deal", said a senior administration official.

According to the White House, the administration is still working on the "exceptions to be made" in this suspension.

"The real question will be how this loss of support will be translated within Pakistani domestic security policy, and whether the loss of Pakistan as an ally is endemic of a much larger problem with American stature and influence on the worldwide stage", Akins continued.

The US has "a number of tools in its toolkit" and can "take unilateral" steps. But at this time, it prefers to cooperate with Pakistan and is hopeful about it.

The president has been tightening the noose around Pakistan for not taking action against Haqqani network and Taliban and dismantling their safe havens. Another Republican senator, Rand Paul, said that he would introduce legislation to eliminate all United States aid to Pakistan. Citing the presidential tweet, Paul said, "I've been fighting to end Pakistani aid for years". Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, however, said it will stayed engaged with Washington to address the threat of terrorism.

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