Trump suspends U.S. aid to Pakistan over terrorism concerns

The Pak-US ties took another turn after the finance ministry confirmed Tuesdaythe US' decision to withhold $255 million in military aid.

The US, under the Donald Trump government, has announced a suspension of its security assistance to Pakistan for its failure to take decisive steps against terrorists targeting US personnel in Afghanistan.

Former US ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad in his article published Wednesday said that "since 9/11, Pakistan has consistently played a double game". He will chair the huddle to discuss the future course of action following the US President's scathing statement against Pakistan. And in a fresh blow, the United States has suspended the entire security aid it provides to Pakistan as the Asian country fails to crack down on terror activities.

"The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in FY 2016 foreign military financing for Pakistan at this time", said a National Security Council spokesman on Monday.

Nauert said the latest measure would also suspend other security assistance, but did not specify what that covered, saying it was administered by the Defense Department. For the success of covert operations launched by RAW-NDS combine backed by CIA, MI-6, Mossad and BND from Afghan and Iran soils in FATA and Baluchistan from 2003 onwards, Pakistan was subjected to a willful propaganda campaign to demonize and discredit it by painting it as the most risky country of the world. "They have to help", Trump said last month unveiling his National Strategic Strategy last month.

Also Thursday, the State Department accused Pakistan of severe violations of religious freedom.

Pakistan's embassy in Washington and mission at the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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But on Tuesday, Pakistan called Trump's tweet "completely incomprehensible" and at odds with recent "trust-building" visits by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Mattis.

Lodhi said this in response to Haley's comments during a news conference, wherein the U.S. envoy repeated Trump's allegations that Pakistan had played a double game in its counterterrorism operations. A lot of that is under DoD (Department of Defence), so I just won't have the details about that.

"We are still working through some of those dollar numbers right now", state department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.

"However, Congress and the public are concerned that Pakistan is not producing a measurable result to correlate with US investment", the report said.

The participants observed that even nowadays Pakistan is firmly supporting the USA -led global efforts in Afghanistan. A lot of this would fall under some of the private diplomatic conversations that the USA government is having with Pakistan, so a lot of that stuff I'm not going to be able to share because that would give away information to people we don't want to have that information.

The US has been irked with the country since October when Pakistan had freed a Canadian-American family captured by militants.

Pakistan has increasingly turned for economic support to northern neighbor China, which is investing tens of billions in transportation links and power generation as it extends its strategic footprint across Asia.

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