Pakistan may block US Troops' supply path to Afghanistan

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Meanwhile, Asif said that the process of continuation of US-Pakistan relations was at great risk, especially after President Trump warned Islamabad to "do more" against terrorists who the US alleged were holed up in Pakistan. The value of the assistance suspended is over $1.15 billion.

After more than a decade of simmering United States anger at Islamabad's links with the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network - a Taliban affiliate - the Trump administration is trying to draw a line in the sand.

In this July 24, 2016 file photo, a USA military personal stands guard during a graduation ceremony for Afghan troops, in Lashkargah, capital of southern Helmand province, Afghanistan.

A report in The Washington Post had indicated in December that a decision was imminent. His first tweet of 2018, calling out of the "lies and deceit" of Pakistan, had pretty much all of India whooping in approval. US President Donald Trump lambasting of Pakistan as a "safe haven for terrorism" is apt. He added that Congress authorised up to US$900 million in such money for Pakistan for fiscal year 2017, which ended on Sept 30. For Indians, Trump's tweet and the suspension of funds was a moment of vindication.

"The real question will be how this loss of support will be translated within Pakistani domestic security policy, and whether the loss of Pakistan as an ally is endemic of a much larger problem with American stature and influence on the worldwide stage", Akins continued. "Stop sending your hard-earned tax dollars to Pakistan".

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It is telling that (notwithstanding the temptation to gloat) India's foreign ministry avoided any hasty comment on Trump's Twitter rant.

At the same time, Yusufzai recalled that so far, Pakistani officials have dismissed the significance of the estimated $900 million in aid that's at stake.

Frankly, none of it has worked. "The United States has repeatedly pressed the Pakistanis to do something about Taliban and Haqqani network militants operating inside Pakistan who launch attacks against coalition forces in Afghanistan, officials said". "But right now, we're frustrated and we want to indicate to Pakistan our seriousness about the issue of dealing with safe havens", the official said. Pakistan closed them once before, after a 2011 U.S. The US originally increased funding to Pakistan in 2002 as part of its war on terror, and the Obama administration made Pakistan a priority as it planned to capture the terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

"Countries like Pakistan that stonewall access to key information in fighting terrorism don't deserve our money", the senator added.

Short of Trump conjuring up a totally different set of Pakistan-related tweets, though, it doesn't seem the White House has done much serious thinking on that front.

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It made front page news in India, since Pakistan has always been considered India's most bitter adversary. But at the time, he provided no details as to how the United States would pressure Islamabad. The Pakistani minister of finance said that the American assistance is only one day's expenses for Pakistan.

China is now investing heavily in Pakistan as part of the $62 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor project.

The Foreign Policy magazine: Even as the tweet continued to titillate Trump enthusiasts in India and at home, however, the responsible members of Trump's government were strategizing how to roll it back.

The freeze also covers US$255 million in FMF for fiscal year 2016, which falls under State Department authority and whose suspension has already been announced. This is not the sweeping cut off that Trump implied in his braggadocios tweet.

Only Fox News could confuse Islamabad and Istanbul. This is hardly a sweeping punishment that will persuade Pakistan to begin acting against terrorism. Historically, FMF funds have not been the mainstay of the American dole to Pakistan. Contrary to expectations, after President Trump assumed office almost a year ago, India-US ties have been bolstered by the straight talking Trump. The most lucrative payouts have been through the CSF programme, which totals more than $14.5 bn.

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