As Pakistan has failed to handle the terrorist network operations on its soil, so the US government has suspended almost all security assistance to Pakistan.
Though Pakistan and US are key allies, but their relations have frayed for few months
The state department revealed that decision to freeze the aid will remain in place till Islamabad forcefully pushed back the Haqqani network and Afghan Taliban.
Earlier, President Trump blamed Pakistan for lying and deceiving the US. However, Pakistan government has forcefully rejected the US allegations.
After the earlier comments of US President, it said that they “negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation.”
India and Afghanistan has praised the US stance , However, China has defended Pakistan. Currently, China is investing tens of billions in Pakistan. Moreover, Trump administration had delayed $255m (£188m) military aid to Pakistan.
While announcing the restrictions, Heather Nauert said that she don’t have any idea how much aid cut out in terms of dollars.
According to her, US government thought that Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network are bringing instability and also targeting the US personnel.
On Thursday, the state department also accused Pakistan for severe violations of religious freedom.
Which militants alleged to support?
The Haqqani network, a militant group focuses most of its activities on neighbouring Afghanistan. The group, associated to the Afghan Taliban poses a major threat to Afghan government. Moreover, Pakistani Taliban groups that associated with Afghan Taliban, aimed to attacks within Pakistan.
In collaboration with Haqqani Network, Afghan Taliban have launched several attacks in Afghanistan wherein several from US forces killed. For that reason, US officials have accused that Pakistan, and specifically its ISI intelligence service, arranges safe havens to them.
Why?-The inside story
For years, Pakistan has received criticism for using the Afghan Taliban to further its foreign policy interests. After the Soviet invasion in 1979, ISI first became involved in funding and training militants in Afghanistan.
Since 2001, Pakistan has allowed international troops to use its territory during the war in Afghanistan. It has also cooperated with the West in fighting some terrorists groups like al-Qaeda. However, analysts claims that it has still continued to support Afghan insurgents.
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