Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

United States to Withhold All Security Assistance to Pakistan

United States to Withhold All Security Assistance to Pakistan

"This is more of a political statement in response to pressure from the US, telling the USA that Pakistan has a great relationship with China and that Pakistan would become even closer with China", Mr. Dong told the Global Times.

"Japan has firmly supported the efforts of the government of Pakistan and its people standing against terrorism", he said, adding Japan would continue to work with Pakistan with an emphasis on cooperation in the field of counterterrorism. She also said exceptions could be made to the suspension.

Without referring to the decision directly, it warned that "arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing common threats". "They have to help", Trump said last month unveiling his National Strategic Strategy last month. For fiscal year 2017, which ended on September 30, 2017, it has authorized up to $900 million in CSF, which falls under Pentagon authority.

This is not the first time the US has cut assistance to Pakistan. That $255 million is included in the suspended aid announced Thursday by Nauert.

It said that Pakistan believed that its cooperation with USA in fighting terrorism directly served USA national security interests as well as the larger interests of the global community.

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Of these funds, Dollars 400 million can only be released if the Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis certifies that the Pakistan government has taken specific actions against the Haqqani Network.

Trump's first tweet of the year signaled his unhappiness over the impasse, and the country's top civilian and military leaders, in a brainstorming meeting Tuesday, said their sacrifices "could not be trivialized so heartlessly by pushing all of it behind a monetary value - and that, too, an imagined one". Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Pakistan to meet with government officials. "Is he freezing the funds for legitimate reasons, or is he doing it because he didn't like how Pakistan officials replied to his initial tweet about them?"

Now, the money that has been suspended at this time does not mean that it will be suspended forever, she said.

Pakistan holds the Muslim world's only known nuclear arsenal and the United States wants to prevent it from going to war with rival nuclear power India, or collapsing and allowing the weapons to fall into the hands of extremists. "They have to take decisive steps", she added.

The freeze also covers $255 million in FMF for fiscal year 2016, which falls under State Department authority and whose suspension has already been announced, as well as unspecified amounts of FMF that went unspent in earlier fiscal years.

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"We have not done anything thats irreversible here".

The US and others have long complained that Pakistan offered safe haven to the Afghan Taliban and their allies, the Haqqani Network, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan.

Trump, Secretary Defence Rex Tillerson and Vice President Mike Pence have rejected Pakistan's explanations and hurled threats of aid cut, sanctions and losing territory if it fails to abide by the USA dictates. Pakistan denies allegations but President Trump has escalated the criticism against the country since he took office last January. The last Coalition Support Funds were paid to Pakistan in March previous year, provided under defense spending legislation for 2016.

Kono, for his part, expressed appreciation for the sacrifices made by the people of Pakistan in this regard and stressed the need for a coordinated global effort in the fight against extremism and terrorism, the statement added.

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