Pakistan would chose Haqqani, Taliban over US

Pakistan would chose Haqqani, Taliban over US

Pakistan would chose Haqqani, Taliban over US

United States administration said it is suspending security assistance to Pakistan targeting the CSF that the U.S. pays to Pakistan to reimburse it for its counter-terrorism operations.

Still, the USA continues to assert that Pakistan harbours terrorists, asking it to "clamp down on sanctuaries used by the two militant groups to plan attacks, collect weapons, and allow fighters to recuperate".

The Trump administration is considering a range of other punishments, too, including sanctions, increased drone strikes and a withdrawal of support for Pakistan at global financial institutions such as the World Bank, my colleagues reported.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that Washington would withhold $255 million in assistance to Pakistan.

On Thursday, the USA 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". That will slow down, and that will mean I think more problems for both countries - for Pakistan and also for the USA in Afghanistan. US aid agencies alone gave nearly $5 million to Pakistan in 2017, according to data from USAID. However, they pointed out, China has emerged as a larger provider of aid to Pakistan in recent years than the US.

However, the US war with Afghanistan created some complicated politics for Pakistan. "They understand that, but they still haven't taken the necessary steps". It's a lesson the US government has learned the hard way in Pakistan. Because Pakistan is carrying out military operations in the tribal areas, along the border, and helping the USA fight terrorism. Just how much aid is to be suspended is not known precisely but it would all be military and no civilian aid is to be curtailed.

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But Pakistan quickly became an important military asset.

Is the Trump administration right? "That will have to change and that will change immediately". Can Pakistan survive the aid cut or will it give up its loyalties towards the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani Network?

"Through those links, Pakistan has the ability to control at least some of the tempo of the fighting in Afghanistan - and it has done little to constrain it over the past two years, the officials say", the New York Times reports. The US, he noted, wants "action against the Haqqani network". "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.

Pakistani officials reacted to the news with measured frustration.

There has been no official statement about the meeting, neither has there been any response from the Indian government on the United States announcement about suspension of military assistance to Pakistan.

He said on Twitter, "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". Opposition politician Imran Khan went one step further, calling on Pakistan to "immediately remove" US diplomatic and intelligence personnel.

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