US Aid Cuts to Pakistan Could Be Up to $2 Billion

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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". Through major counter-terrorism operations, Pakistan has cleared all these areas resulting in elimination of organised terrorist presence, the statement said.

Mostregional analysts agree that the results of these programs have been mixed, generally because Pakistan has been willing to sacrifice US goals to pursue its own interests in relation to its regional enemy India.

"We do not believe this is the language of India".

After more than a decade of simmering United States anger at links between Islamabad and the Taliban and the Haqqani network-a Taliban affiliate-President Donald Trump is trying to draw a line in the sand.

Meanwhile, Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja M. Asif accused the United States of being a "friend who always betrays".

The CSF funds for 2017, as authorised by Congress, stand at $900 million. "Prior year funding for equipment that have not yet been delivered would be suspended". It includes the Dollars 255 million in FMF (foreign military funding) that was notified to Congress in August of past year. "The US will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan", she said.

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However, an Agence France Presse report on Friday quoted a "senior administration official" as saying that "approximately two billion worth of equipment and coalition support funding...is in play". "I want to end all of it". Nothing's been reprogrammed. We're hopeful that we can lift the suspension and the aid would be able to go forward.

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

The US move reportedly capped considerable debate within the administration after the Pentagon warned the State Department that Rawalpindi could retaliate by denying access to routes in Pakistan that the US uses to supply about 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan.

"We can take unilateral steps". But at this time, it prefers to cooperate with Pakistan and is hopeful about it. "We are really looking for them to change their policies toward the Taliban and Haqqani network and make it more hard for these groups to be able to operate safely from Pakistan", the official said. With the gloves now off it must be noted that none of the monies earmarked for coalition support funding in the 2017 fiscal year has been paid to Pakistan - what you never had you do not miss.

"The president has shown that he is willing to speak with clarity when he talks about Pakistan and our relationship", the official said.

ISPR DG said in an interview with a U.S. media outlet that putting Pakistan on watch list for religious freedom violations would affect cooperation between the two states over peace and security.

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