Citing Terror, Pentagon Stops $300M in Pakistan Aid

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The United States has now withheld $800 million from the CSF so far this year.

Secretary Pompeo and U.S. national security and military officials ought to stop pursuing counterproductive strategies and work towards the common worldwide goal of ending the war in Afghanistan and blunting the IS threat. They say this is because the Pakistani government is "not doing enough" to support the U.S. war in Afghanistan, and to fight militants on the border.

In cutting all US funds to UNRWA, the Trump administration labeled the agency "irredeemably flawed".

Mr. Faulkner said since January, the US has consistently engaged with Pakistani military officials at the highest levels, based on both a shared commitment to defeat all terrorist groups that threaten regional stability and security, as well as on a shared vision of a peaceful future for Afghanistan.

The cut came days before Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to touch down in Islamabad for his first visit since the election of new Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has vowed to seek better relations with the U.S. amid a new push for Afghan peace talks.

The Pentagon announced in January that it was suspending aid, known as coalition support funds, to Pakistan, and subsequently the Congress cancelled $500 million in such aid.

He said the prime minister would soon announce a plan for the overseas Pakistanis, who would invest in Pakistan in various projects and they be offered facilities and concessions.

It says the insurgents have safe havens in Pakistan´s border areas and it aims to use them as a regional bulwark in Afghanistan against arch-nemesis India.

Qureshi said the money was part of the Coalition Support Fund.

Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Hussain Chaudhry says the United States plan to give a role to India in Afghanistan is the main cause of differences between Islamabad and Washington.

"If they don't want to reimburse for future spending, it may be different thing".

He said Pakistan welcomes the forthcoming visit of Pompeo as it will help to understand each other's point of view.

In March, a senior U.S. official said that Pakistan has "done the bare minimum to appear responsive to our requests", and concerns over a lack of action by Islamabad against militant groups still persist.

He added that there is a trust deficit between Pakistan and the US but the government wants to improve the ties and build trust between the two countries. The issue of combatting terrorism is expected to be raised by Pompeo during his talks with Khan in Islamabad this week.

Mr. Qureshi said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government was not responsible for the latest tension or suspension of funds by the the deal to reimburse Pakistan the cost of war on terror was agreed in past.

The funds were initially suspended after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of rewarding past assistance with "nothing but lies and deceit".

While Russia-Pakistan strategic dialogue, training and military sales began in earnest around a decade ago, the Trump administration's apparent antipathy along with the victory of cricket-icon-turned-anti-corruption crusader Imran Khan in July's election appear to have provided an opportunity for Moscow to significantly ramp up its influence in the country.

A row erupted between the two nations following a telephone call by Pompeo to Khan on August 23, as Islamabad took exception to the American version of the conversation that the issue of terrorism was discussed during the call.