United States freezes over $1.1 billion aid to Pakistan for harbouring terror groups

United States freezes over $1.1 billion aid to Pakistan for harbouring terror groups

The US State Department had announced that it would withhold up to $2 billion in USA aid until the country takes "decisive action" against the Taliban and an aggressive offshoot of the group, the Haqqani network.

Former Speaker of the US House of Representative, Newt Gingrich, in an interview to AM970 in NY said that Trump has "shocked the elites" by freezing US aid to Pakistan.

"We do not believe this is the language of India". It is surely no coincidence that the decision was announced to coincide with the suspension of security assistance.

The suspended amount also include $255 million in Foreign Military Funding (FMF) for the fiscal year 2016 as mandated by the Congress. It includes the United States dollars 255 million in FMF (foreign military funding) that was notified to Congress in August of previous year.

The Pakistan foreign office claimed that Washington's "shifting goalposts" was "counterproductive", but also noted that Islamabad remained "engaged with the USA administration on the issue of security cooperation and awaits further details".

It is "approximately two billion worth of equipment and coalition support funding that is in play", the official said on condition of anonymity. 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. Nothing's been reprogrammed. We're hopeful that we can lift the suspension and the aid would be able to go forward.

"There will be exceptions made".

"This was expected, and Pakistan was preparing for that", the analyst told Radio Sputnik, referring to the State Department's announcement earlier this week that Washington would no longer transfer certain military equipment and security-related financial assistance to the Pakistani armed forces. "I don't want to get into specific because the implementation is still being worked out but there certainly will be exceptions made when the items are deemed to be in the United States national security interests", the official said.

Asked whether there was any truth in Washington's claims that Islamabad hasn't done enough to fight terror, Yusufzai said that the dispute is really about Pakistan's lack of urgency in fighting the militants, not their lack of assistance as such.

"So they know exactly what it is that we've asked of them, and the evaluation to date has been that they have done - they have not taken decisive action on our requests". "The US and Pakistan relationship has been a troubled one", he had said in a statement. We are hopeful that we will be able to cooperate in the future.

Interestingly, the U.S. official said that while public pronoucements have focussed on safe havens for thr Haqqani network and Taliban, conversations with Pakistan have also included "concerns about their nuclear program... the ability of anti-India groups like Lashkar-e Tayyiba and Jaish-e Mohammed to fundraise and operate; and Hafiz Saeed, the head of Lashkar-e Tayyiba, who was recently released from house arrest".