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Asif considers Pak alliance with United States 'over'

July 22 2018, 11:49 | Irvin Gilbert

Asif considers Pak alliance with United States 'over'

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Nauert said that despite sustained high-level engagement with Pakistan's government, 'the Taliban and Haqqani network continue to find sanctuary inside Pakistan as they plot to destabilize Afghanistan and attack US and allied personnel'. And Pakistan helped President Richard M. Nixon make his first visit to China. (Pakistani leaders felt they had no choice, they said, because the United States threatened to bomb them "back into the stone age" unless they complied.) In exchange, Washington dropped all sanctions and forgave a $1 billion loan.

"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". By 2004, Pakistan was considered a neo-NATO ally and allowed to buy weapons.

As recently as October, Trump credited U.S. USA drone strikes aimed at terrorists hiding in Pakistan killed and maimed civilians. 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.

"Today, we can confirm that we are suspending security assistance only to Pakistan at this time", US Department of State spokesperson Heather Nauert had disclosed in a press briefing.

So far, Trump and his advisers have seemed inclined to take a hard-line approach toward the country.

The vague details suggested the primary goal was to substantiate President Donald Trump's surprising New Year's Day tweet that accused Pakistan of playing us leaders for 'fools'.

Pakistan's embassy in Washington and mission at the United Nations did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

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The Trump administration is rightly signaling to Islamabad that "business as usual" has come to an end. In an article published on the website of Gatestone Institute, an global 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.

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

"Through those links, Pakistan has the ability to control at least some of the tempo of the fighting in Afghanistan - and it has done little to constrain it over the past two years, the officials say", the New York Times reports. Out of this, $400 million was eligible for Haqqani Network-related certification requirements that can not be waived by the administration. "I don't think they will fully cut off the assistance, because they still want to work with Pakistan".

Pakistani officials reacted to the news with measured frustration. He also said that he was not concerned about Pakistan cutting off U.S. supply routes to Afghanistan.

Asked to comment on the U.S. announcement suspending hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of security assistance to Pakistan, Afghan political and security expert Rahimullah Yusufzai said that the decision was not unexpected, and does not mean that the USA will cut off aid completely.

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

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