U.S. to announce specific actions for Pak to follow

U.S. to announce specific actions for Pak to follow

U.S. to announce specific actions for Pak to follow

On Monday, he tweeted that the United States had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but "lies & deceit".

In his first tweet of the New Year, Trump said that the U.S. had given Pakistan $33 billion in aid over 15 years and accused Pakistan of harbouring terrorists while making fools of United States leaders with lies and deceit.

In September previous year, the USA suspended $255 million in funding to help Pakistan buy high-tech weaponry from American manufacturers. None of the $900 million as so far been disbursed, the Pentagon said. And now Pakistan is clearly bearing the brunt of this ignorance. Pakistan has summoned the USA ambassador, an embassy spokesman said January 2, in a rare public rebuke after Donald Trump lashed out at Islamabad with threats to cut aid over "lies" about militancy.

But US officials accuse Islamabad of ignoring or even collaborating with groups that attack Afghanistan from safe havens along the border between the two countries.

Ayaz Sadiq, speaker of the lower house of parliament, told reporters after a closed-door meeting of the parliament's national security committee that they discussed the situation following Trump's tweet and that a follow-up meeting will decide on the "strategy". "Until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network, we consider them to be destabilizing the region and also targeting U.S. personnel, the United States will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan".

Earlier, a State Department spokeswoman said the money could go through if Islamabad took decisive action against the groups. Civilian assistance is not affected.

Meanwhile, the State Department on Thursday also placed Pakistan on a "special watch list for severe violations of religious freedom, "Nauert said in a statement". The step does not carry any serious consequences.

Allegations and denunciations were made by Bush regime as well as Obama regime and Pakistan was constantly asked to do more.

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Pakistan, which serves as a key transport route for supplies to US forces in Afghanistan, denies harboring terrorists.

Pakistan is largely shrugging off the proposed US aid cuts but frets that Washington could take more drastic measures to deter what it sees as Pakistan's support for the Taliban.

"It's north of $255 million", said one US official.

"We will not be delivering military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan", State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Thursday. "A lot of that is under DoD (Department of Defence), so I just won't have the details about that".

A Pakistani motorcyclist rides over images of President Donald Trump and a USA flag on a street in Lahore. The CSF funds also compensate Pakistan for allowing the US-led coalition forces access its airfields and ports to provide supplies and logistics in their deployment in Afghanistan.

After 2011, also incidentally the year when Osama bin Laden was gunned down in Pakistan's Abbottabad in May, the planned U.S. aid has been on a consistent decline. 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. He said Pakistan could fall back on Saudi Arabia and China for military supplies, but it still depends on the USA for certain types of high-end equipment. Gen. Asif Ghafoor told a Pakistani news channel on Wednesday that Pakistan would continue to cooperate with the USA but would not "compromise on national interests and prestige".

"No matter what, the relationship is in a bad spot right now".

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