Trump Backs Proposal to Spend Pakistan Aid Money on US Infrastructure Projects

Trump Backs Proposal to Spend Pakistan Aid Money on US Infrastructure Projects

Through its support to the Taliban, the Haqqani network, and their militant allies, Pakistan has for over a decade consistently and critically undermined the USA -led effort to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan. "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".

Reacting to Trump move, Pakistan had earlier said, "We are engaged with the US Administration on the issue of security cooperation and await further details", reported Times Now. Instead, the money can put to better use here, in America, he adds.

Trump had been keen to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan; therefore, he had only reluctantly agreed to increase their numbers under pressure from his generals.

A report in The Washington Post had indicated in December that a decision was imminent.

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. Nothing's been reprogrammed. We're hopeful that we can lift the suspension and the aid would be able to go forward.

"We can take unilateral steps".

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It was pointed out that there had been "numerous conversations" with Pakistan over the last few months.

In an interview with the Guardian, Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi lamented Washington's seeming lack of appreciation for Pakistani contributions.

"It's consistent with how really this administration see themselves as neither Bush nor Obama", he added, referring to the last two presidents.

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. "So we just disagree with that", said the official who was responding to a question to a statement made by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawja Asif who had alleged that the U.S. is "trumpeting India's lies and deceit" and is speaking the "language of Indians". But I think to be frank, Pakistan can not help the U.S. to win the war in Afghanistan.

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. "Pakistan has played a double game for years". The amount appropriated in a certain year usually "expires" by September 30 of the next year.

In September a year ago, the United States suspended $255 million in funding to help Pakistan buy high-tech weaponry from American manufacturers. The US, he noted, wants "action against the Haqqani network". This was not likely to have been given as the USA had not issued that certification for CSF funds for 2015 and 2016 either. Meanwhile, department of defence spokesperson Lt Col Mike Andrews told PTI that National Defense Authorisation Act 2017 provides up to $900 million for Pakistan in the CSF. They said they could make exceptions to fund critical US national security priorities.

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Paul, who is also a senior Republican leader, wrote that he would introduce a bill that would end aid to Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that the United States considered Pakistan a "whipping boy" for its failures in the Afghan war.

The Pakistan foreign office claimed that Washington's "shifting goalposts" was "counterproductive", but also noted that Islamabad remained "engaged with the U.S. administration on the issue of security cooperation and awaits further details".

Islamabad maintains that it has fought world's biggest war on terror largely from its own resources for its own peace and security and for the regional and global peace as well. "They understand that, but they still haven't taken the necessary steps".

The Pakistani officials their interlocutors that the country is still coping with the consequences of Britain's Afghan adventures.

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