The long history of incredibly fraught relations between the USA and Pakistan
08 January, 2018, 00:55 | Author: Essie Rivera
But Islamabad, on the other hand, reiterates its woes, stating that the USA has overlooked the Pakistan Army's sacrifices - both in terms of personnel and cost - and doesn't credit its effort in pushing back Al Qaeda. Pakistan has developed a close relationship with China, for example, which is investing $62 billion in infrastructure projects in the country.
"Today, we can confirm that we are suspending security assistance only to Pakistan at this time", US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert had disclosed in a press briefing.
Have U.S. -Pakistan relations always been this fraught?
"The timing and nature of the Trump administration's decision are worrisome".
In efforts to persuade Islamabad to abandon this nefarious "double game", the USA government has deployed a constant stream of diplomatic and economic carrots-including $33 billion in aid and "reimbursements" since 2002-but virtually no sticks. Pressure from the USA, including aid cuts, won't change that equation. In 2011, the United States suspended $800 million in military aid.
It said that Pakistan believed that its cooperation with United States in fighting terrorism directly served U.S. national security interests as well as the larger interests of the global community.
Unfortunately, Pakistan's all-powerful military appears unable to escape a prison of perpetual denial.
So far, Trump and his advisers have seemed inclined to take a hard-line approach toward the country.
The aid cut to Pakistan is the talk of the town and it is being debated how much of an effect the move by US President Donald Trump would have. "That will have to change and that will change immediately". Pakistani officials reacted angrily, postponing a visit from a top State Department official and canceling a big bilateral visit.
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Still, the U.S. 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".
Is the Trump administration right?
She did not reveal the exact amount of this aid and said that she couldn't reveal the figure as the administration was still calculating the amount.
He asserted that Pakistan carried out operations against Haqqani network among all banned outfits.
But Pakistani officials argue that they're doing all they can to stamp out the terrorists who shelter in their borders.
Pakistani officials reacted to the news with measured frustration.
Similar to how an NYT story on Sunday claimed that Trump cannot bear to sever the linkages with its "longtime" ally Pakistan - which could pave way for even better Sino-Pak relations - BMI Research said in its Friday report the USA decision "will likely accelerate Pakistan's geopolitical drift towards China".
On Jan. 3, Nawaz Sharif, who resigned as prime minister in July, implored Pakistanis to "appraise our actions" and "break this spell of self-deception".
When U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Pakistan of "harbor [ing] the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan", a Pakistani military spokesman noted that Haley is of Indian origin and that the "current misunderstanding between Pakistan and the U.S.is created by India".
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The Trump administration said in August that it was delaying sending the US$255 million in aid to Pakistan. Earlier this month, Trump had already hinted that he may cut off the aid for good.
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