Donald Trump hails US Senator's bill to stop aid to Pakistan

Donald Trump hails US Senator's bill to stop aid to Pakistan

"So we were hoping that this is an incentive that they don't want to see this relationship deteriorate any further and that they're going to commit to working with us to try to find a way to put it on a more solid footing", he added.

It is "approximately two billion worth of equipment and coalition support funding that is in play", the official said on condition of anonymity.

Secondly, the U.S. has been a staunch ally of Pakistan despite the latter's systematic terror attacks on India including 26/11 in which even USA citizens were killed.

Highlighting the new threat of Daesh (IS), Pakistan said "emergence of new and more deadly groups such as Daesh in Afghanistan call for enhancing worldwide cooperation".

Up to $2 billion in USA aid could be affected by President Donald Trump's suspension of security assistance to Pakistan, which is accused of failing to crack down on Taliban militants targeting US personnel in neighboring Afghanistan, a senior US administration official said Friday.

The key element in the new USA strategy for Afghanistan is to launch a two-pronged military offensive that inflicts a military defeat on the Taliban and forces them to join the Afghan reconciliation process on Kabul's conditions, diplomatic sources told Dawn News.

The Trump administration had already announced that it would cut $255 million in funding while it reviews Pakistan's security strategies.

But nevertheless, the total figure of $1.9 billion is much higher than first indicated and is a signal of Washington's seriousness.

While Pakistanis reject the U.S. charge that they have allowed the Haqqani Network to maintain safe havens, they appear more eager to understand the USA plan to defeat the Taliban.

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The Pakistani officials their interlocutors that the country is still coping with the consequences of Britain's Afghan adventures.

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. It is these people in the White House who have all along talked about keeping a military "parity" between India and Pakistan.

President Trump began 2018 with a salvo against Pakistan, raging against Islamabad's "lies and deceit" after years of allegedly abetting terror groups and allowing militant havens in the country. Pressure from the USA also resulted in a build-up of Pakistani military presence along the border with Afghanistan. The council will now hold multiparty conferences in Faisalabad on January 12 and in Lahore on January 13 against the USA threats to Pakistan. "Prior year funding for equipment that have not yet been delivered would be suspended". Holding back the dollars every few years is just a nip and tuck, when what's really needed is a surgical uprooting of terrorist support systems inside Pakistan.

The rhetoric has raised hackles in Islamabad and fears the row could undermine Pakistan's support for United States operations in Afghanistan. "We have certainly expressed our concern about the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks being let out of house arrest in Pakistan".

"We don't need any type of aid. Almighty Allah is with us and he is giving us everything", protester Mohammad Saleem told AFP, adding that he had a message for President Donald Trump: "Don't threaten us".

The decision was denounced by Pakistan's Foreign Ministry as "counterproductive" in a carefully worded response in which it said it was "engaged" with USA officials and awaiting further details.

"Arbitrary deadlines, unilateral pronouncements and shifting goalposts are counterproductive in addressing common threats", Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Friday.

An Op-ed in the state-run tabloid Global Times posted late on Sunday, noted that China should pay more attention to the potency of its economic assistance to Pakistan "as ties are set to get closer amid hostility from the U.S". American troops may have been fighting battles there for more than 16 years, but Trump is hardly in a position to call all the shots.

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