Pakistan reacts after US cuts $300 million military aid

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Capitol Hill in Washington US

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis in Capitol Hill in Washington US

With this, the Department of Defence (DoD) has reprogrammed United States dollars 800 million CSF destined for Pakistan.

"We will sit and discuss this with him (Pompeo)".

They said the Pentagon's decision showed the USA, which has being demanding Pakistani action for years, is ramping up the pressure on the strife-torn country's security apparatus.

The US has been pushing Pakistan to crack down on militant safe havens in the country, and announced a freeze on aid at the beginning of the year that an official said could be worth nearly US$2 billion.

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON: Pakistan has announced to take up the matter of suspension of $300 million "aide" by the United States (US) during US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's upcoming visit to the country only hours after the US military ordered to cancel the Coalition Support Funds (CSF).

Faulkner said, the USA continue to press Pakistan to indiscriminately target all terrorist groups, including the Haqqani Network and LeT in the region. "So, we want them to be successful", said the top USA official while indicating that Washington could also work with worldwide financial institutions to help boost the ailing Pakistani economy because "economy is going to be the key" to Pakistan's success. Ali J. Siddiqui, Pakistan's ambassador to the USA, confirmed to NBC News last month that the US has also axed a long-standing military training program between the two countries.

Faulkner said the Pentagon now aimed to spend the $300 million on "other urgent priorities" if approved by Congress.

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"We will listen to their point of view, and we will present our position to them", he said. "They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

Qureshi said the money was part of the Coalition Support Fund. "We have several combined interest. we will take our mutual respect for each other into consideration and move forward", he said.

"If they don't want to reimburse for future spending, it may be different thing". Haley said Pakistan would work with the U.S.at times, while at the same time harboring terrorists that attack American troops in Afghanistan.

Khan has repeatedly blamed Pakistan's participation in the US-led anti-terror campaign for the surge in terrorism on home soil over the last decade and has vowed to rebalance Islamabad's relationship with Washington.

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

Relations between the US and Pakistan have been increasingly frayed since January, when US President Donald Trump suspended more than $1.1bn in security assistance to the country over allegations that it was not acting against armed groups such as the Afghan Taliban. While Washington insists that Pompeo raised the issue of terrorism Islamabad says the issue did not figure in the telephonic talk.

Saying both Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa were on the same page on internal and external security issues, the minister said Pakistan was quite clear "that India has no role to play in Afghanistan".

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