The United States announced this week it will suspend all security assistance to Pakistan over concerns Islamabad refuses to clamp-down on terror networks operating within its borders; adding the government must take “decisive action” against the Taliban and al Qaeda.
The State Department made the cuts official on Thursday, releasing a statement that urged Pakistan to crackdown on the various organizations that are rapidly “destabilizing the region and also targeting U.S. personnel.”
“We are suspending security assistance—security assistance only—to Pakistan at this time,” said a spokesman for the Department of State. “Until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network—we consider them to be destabilizing the region and also targeting U.S. personnel—the United States will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan.”
The Trump administration signaled its intentions to slash nearly $255 million in aid to Pakistan days ago, with US ambassador Nikki Haley telling the UN that America “expects far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.”
“The president is willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding from Pakistan as they continue to harbor and support terrorism,” she added.