File photograph of Ambassador Kennth Juster.
US President's frustration on Pakistan for not taking any decisive action against the terrorist's groups in Pakistan is posing a huge hindrance for US's plans for its strategy on Afghanistan for the past 15 years. "We will not be delivering military equipment or transfer security related funds to Pakistan unless it is required by law", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters. "Pakistanis have repeatedly said we don't care about this money".
Impacts of the U.S. decision on pursuit of common objectives is also likely to emerge more clearly in due course of time. The abrupt move met with an indignant response from Islamabad, which says it is being scapegoated, and has faced thousands of casualties and more than $120 billion in costs in the war on terror.
The White House official has clearly disagreed that USA dumped Pakistan along with Pakistan's allegations of U.S. speaking India's language of India.
A report in The Washington Post had indicated in December that a decision was imminent. Trump's tweet on the first day of 2018 gave a political push from the White House. Nothing's been reprogrammed. We're hopeful that we can lift the suspension and the aid would be able to go forward.
It was pointed out that there had been "numerous conversations" with Pakistan over the last few months.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Islamabad's alliance with Washington is over. Their website reported his tweet and added: "The US has long accused Istanbul of allowing militants to operate relatively freely in Pakistan's border regions to carry out operations in neighbouring Afghanistan".
US officials have previously said that the United States pays Pakistan between $1,500 to $1,800 for each truck that travels between the port in Karachi and Afghanistan. Yet the Taliban and the Haqqani network, both designated terrorist organisations by America, enjoy safe havens in Pakistan. It includes the United States dollars 255 million in FMF (foreign military funding) that was notified to Congress in August of previous year. -Pakistani cooperation for winning the release of a Canadian-American family held for five years by militants from the Haqqani network - a Taliban faction that stages attacks in Afghanistan. Historically, FMF funds have not been the mainstay of the American dole to Pakistan.
The CSF funds for 2017, as authorised by Congress, stand at $900 million. Out of this, $400 million was eligible for Haqqani Network-related certification requirements that can not be waived by the administration. This was not likely to have been given as the U.S. had not issued that certification for CSF funds for 2015 and 2016 either.
CSF funds, which fall under Defense Department authority, are covered by the freeze, said Pentagon spokesman Commander Patrick Evans, saying Congress authorized up to $900 million in such money for Pakistan for fiscal year 2017, which ended September 30.
It is "approximately two billion worth of equipment and coalition support funding that is in play", the official said on condition of anonymity.
There seemed to be widespread support on Capitol Hill for the United States decision on cutting aid to Pakistan, with critical voices muted.
Republican senator Bob Corker, who is also the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, supported the administration's decision. Citing the presidential tweet, Paul said, "I've been fighting to end Pakistani aid for years".
Currently, the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation depend on Pakistan for logistical support for their operations in Afghanistan, a key part of fighting terrorism. "We are determined to continue to do all it takes to secure the lives of our citizens and broader stability in the region", said the foreign office statement.
The UNHCR is undertaking a repatriation programme for 1.4 million Afghans, majority living in Pakistan since their country was invaded by Soviet Russia in 1979.
United Nations express deep concerns over Pakistan's decision to expel two million Afghan refugees one month's time.