US blocks USD 255 million military aid to Pakistan

Washington, Jan 2 (PTI): The United States has suspended its USD 255 million military aid to Pakistan for now, the White House has confirmed, saying the fate of such assistance will depend on Islamabad's response to terrorism on its soil.

The confirmation comes on the same day when US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for USD 33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

"The United States does not plan to spend the USD 255 million in FY 2016 in Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time," a senior administration official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

"The president has made clear the US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists and militants on its soil, and that Pakistan's actions in support of the South Asia Strategy will ultimately determine the trajectory of our relationship, including future security assistance," he said.

The US administration continues to review Pakistan's level of cooperation, the official said.

Earlier in the day, US President Donald Trump, in his first tweet of the New Year, blasted the Pakistan leadership by saying that they have given America "nothing but lies and deceit" despite having received more than USD 33 billion in last 15 years.

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" Trump said, clearly indicating that Pakistan would no longer receive any security aid from the US till the time it sees a change in behaviour from them in the fight against terrorism.

Within hours, the Pakistani Defence Ministry fired back alleging that it has got "nothing but invective and mistrust" for all the actions it took in support of America's war against terrorism.

"Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to US: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis," the Pakistan Defence Ministry said in a tweet.

Trump who returned to the White House from Mar-a-Lago in Florida where he spent his Christmas and New Year vacation did not respond to shouted questions from reporters on "what is your plan on Pakistan?"

Several US lawmakers came out in support of Trump adopting a tough approach on Pakistan.

"I support the decision today by President Trump to end aid to Pakistan," Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin from Oklahoma said.

"You're either with the US or against us. We will always help our friends, but for too long, the US has propped up countries that do not share our goal to end terrorism. I'm proud to see our president take bold steps to put America first," Mullin said.

"I couldn't agree more," tweeted Senator Rand Paul from Kentucky.

"Ive been fighting to end aid to Pakistan for years and will again lead the charge in the Senate," said Paul.

Samantha Vinograd, CNN's national security analyst spoke in favour of Trump's move.

"As a way to make it clear to the Pakistanis that enough is enough, if President Trump actually follows through, it could be an effective move," she said in an opinion piece published on the CNN website.

"It isn't the only step by any means, but it could be the right one," she said.

"Great start. Why give millions to countries who would harbor our enemies?" Trumps son Donald Trump Jr tweeted yesterday.

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  • Maria, Moodbidri

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Just see how much aid USA giving to ungrateful Pakistan. In return Pakistani burn churches, harras minority. Sometimes we think God is blind... but God sees everything.

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  • Sachin Shetty, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Now Pakistan will take some action to get that money...

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  • Rayan, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    We love India. We stand for India
    Going thru comments i noticed one community is so hurt that Pakistan is hurt they can't take.. none have shown there anger against pak..

    Is this called has Democracy... ?

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  • Ravi, Kapu

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    pakistan will NEVER change. It will always remain a TERRORIST nation

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Someone please clarify whether Pakistan is a Muslim country.

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Pakistan deserve it because of its continuing militancy and spreading hatred all over the world

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  • JAGDISH, mumbai

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Some where in Hyderabad Owaisi strongly condemned the act and threatens to hold protest nation wide on behaf of his master from porkistan.

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  • Shashank, Kudla

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Ha Ha... Now Owaisi might do arrangement for Pak military for dursu, beedi pataki, gharnal, nela chakra etc

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  • Shashank, Kudla

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Pakistana, Boda sheera..?

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  • Luv, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Mild pressure isn't enough !!
    Paki Generals needs to be squeezed by their neck to bring them to terms.

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  • Ivar, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Modi's shrewd diplomacy works!

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  • Af,,, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Now all PAK fired bomb /rockets will fall on thier head due to shortage of funds and fuel.

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  • HENRY MiSQUITH, Bahrain

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Well done US. Pakistan is the real deplorable nation, which continuously harbours terrorists even when it kills own citizens. You may not like Trump, you may not be a Republican, but you need to realise that Pakistan has to be put on track by international pressure - which is exactly what Trump is doing.

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  • Don, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 2 2018

    Good job Mr. President. Kudos to you and the team.

    This and the several other terrorist nations should be brought to justice and the world community should punish them for centuries of their misdeeds.

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