US suspends $1.66 billion security aid to Pakistan

In a major step as a forward to its hostility for promoting terrorism in the region, the US has suspended US $1.66 billion in security assistance to Pakistan after President Donald Trump’s directive. The Pentagon has said, in what experts believe is a strong signal of American frustration.

This comes days after Trump said that Pakistan does not do “a damn thing” for the US, alleging that its government had helped al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden hide near its garrison city of Abbottabad

“USD 1.66 billion of security assistance to Pakistan is suspended,” Col Rob Manning, spokesman of the Department of Defence, said. However, no further breakdown of the suspended security assistance to Pakistan was provided.

According to David Sedney, who served as Deputy Assistant Secretary Defence for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia during the previous Obama administration, the blocking of military assistance to Pakistan, which began in January this year, is a strong signal of American frustration.

But, he deplored that so far Pakistan has taken no serious steps to address the core US concern – that Pakistan tolerates and often encourages groups which use violence against Pakistan’s neighbours.

“Pakistan’s leaders have promised cooperation, but beyond words, serious cooperation has not happened, therefore President Trump is frustrated and so are most Americans,” he added.

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