US 'Needs Pakistan, Won't Fully Cut Off Assistance' - Security Analyst

President Trump sent out morning tweets about Pakistan and Iran on New Year's Day and the move by the State Department appears to be an attempt to substantiate those

Asif considers Pak alliance with US 'over'

The United States also alleges that senior Afghan Taliban commanders live on Pakistani soil and has signaled it will cut aid and take other steps if Islamabad does not stop helping or turning a blind eye to Haqqani militants crossing the border to carry out attacks in Afghanistan.

The decision, which was announced Thursday, is meant to pressure Pakistan to help US foreign policy priorities like clamping down on the Taliban in Afghanistan.

At least one influential Pakistani politician seems to be taking the Trump administration seriously. And U.S. officials publicly questioned whether Pakistan was spending U.S. military aid on fighting terrorism.

On New Year's Day, President Donald Trump had noted on Twitter that the U.S. had "foolishly" given Pakistan over $33 billion in aid over the past 15 years, adding that Islamabad gives "safe havens to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

The Pakistan foreign office claimed that Washington's "shifting goalposts" was "counterproductive", but also noted that Islamabad remained "engaged with the United States administration on the issue of security cooperation and awaits further details". USA aid agencies alone gave nearly $5 million to Pakistan in 2017, according to data from USAID. -Pakistani cooperation for winning the release of an American woman, her Canadian husband and their children who had been held by Haqqani militants for five years.

As recently as October, Trump credited U.S.

The message in US President Trump's tweet depicts either a failure or regret of the steps taken by his predecessors, especially by Barack Obama. It's a lesson the USA government has learned the hard way in Pakistan.

"It, however, needs to be appreciated that Pakistan has fought the war against terrorism largely from its own resources, which has cost over $120 billion in 15 years".

Unfortunately, Pakistan's all-powerful military appears unable to escape a prison of perpetual denial.

Is the Trump administration right? "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately". In an article published on the website of Gatestone Institute, an worldwide policy council and think tank in New York, Islamabad-based journalist Kaswar Klasra has said that ISIS will continue to carry out attacks, itself or through other outfits such as Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and the Taliban, unless Pakistan takes them to task, reported ANI. So no, this will not be enough to convince Pakistan to turn on them. Out of this, $400 million was eligible for Haqqani Network-related certification requirements that can not be waived by the administration. They note, too, that they've been victims of terrorist attacks.

The meeting between Jaishankar and Juster took place Friday morning, where they discussed latest developments, including the U.S. move to cut military aid to Islamabad for not acting against the Haqqani network and Afghan Taliban. He also said that he was not concerned about Pakistan cutting off United States supply routes to Afghanistan.

'There are considerable risks for the US because Pakistan could retaliate in ways that would be very problematic for USA regional interests, ' he said, such as curtailing intelligence cooperation and USA supply lines into Afghanistan.

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