The new action targets payments of so-called Coalition Support Funds that the US pays to Pakistan to reimburse it for its counterterrorism operations.
Interestingly, the USA official said that while public pronoucements have focussed on safe havens for thr Haqqani network and Taliban, conversations with Pakistan have also included "concerns about their nuclear program... the ability of anti-India groups like Lashkar-e Tayyiba and Jaish-e Mohammed to fundraise and operate; and Hafiz Saeed, the head of Lashkar-e Tayyiba, who was recently released from house arrest".
She also explained what the suspension entails and said that the United States will not be providing military equipment to Islamabad unless required there is a legal requirement. "Is he freezing the funds for legitimate reasons, or is he doing it because he didn't like how Pakistan officials replied to his initial tweet about them?" They need Pakistan. Supply lines to Afghanistan pass through Pakistan.
Trump had been keen to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan; therefore, he had only reluctantly agreed to increase their numbers under pressure from his generals. "They need all kinds of supplies, and they use the Pakistani land route, and also the air route [to deliver them]".
U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has been informing members of Congress that it will announce as soon as Wednesday plans to cut off "security assistance" to Pakistan, congressional aides said on Wednesday, a day after the White House warned Islamabad it would have to do more to maintain U.S. aid. Her statement followed an angry tweet from Trump on Monday that the United States had been rewarded with "nothing but lies and deceit" for giving Pakistan billions in aid.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said Pakistan should "delink" itself from the U.S. after its humiliation "by an ungrateful Donald Trump". "This kind of running your foreign policy through the media can not achieve much, and is going to alienate more and more allies", he suggested.
Just a few days ago, the Donald Trump administration withheld $255 million military aid to Pakistan and said that things would stay that way until the country took action against the jihadists, militants and local terror outfits on its soil. They have to find some alternative to provide resources to soldiers in Afghanistan. Speaking of US-Pakistan relations, Nauert added: "No partnership can survive a country's harboring of militants and terrorists who target USA service members and officials".
In this July 24, 2016 file photo, a U.S. military personal stands guard during a graduation ceremony for Afghan troops, in Lashkargah, capital of southern Helmand province, Afghanistan. The US, he noted, wants "action against the Haqqani network". The status quo, long viewed by Washington as lamentable but tolerable, will no longer be a costless affair for Pakistan. Another issue revolves around whether a political solution to the conflict exists, with Islamabad preferring that option while the United States is looking for a military solution. In the process, the forces had also captured one of the militants, who is a Haqqani Network operative. The effort to repatriate these refugees has to be an worldwide one, according to Yusufzai. He also accused Trump of "speaking the language of India". So there are problems for Pakistan, and it has to put its own house in order.
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. Since the Afghan people-who are now deeply, understandably hostile to Pakistan and favorable toward India-will never vote such a government into power, the next best outcome for Pakistan is to ensure the government and the country are divided and unstable.