US to block $255 million military aid to Pakistan

Story By: Rajesh Sharma
Tuesday, January, 02 2018 - 16:33

The US is considering withholding more than $250m in aid to Pakistan.

“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”, President Donald Trump written in his first tweet of the year, accusing Pakistan of lying and deceiving the United States.

Meanwhile, Pakistan reacted angrily to the tweet, saying all the funding was accounted for and that Mr Trump was bitter due to the "US defeat in Afghanistan".

“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”,  Pakistani Defence Ministry posted in the tweet.

As per media reports, the US Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale was summoned to the foreign office on Monday.

The White House said Monday that it will continue to withhold $255 million in military aid to Pakistan.

"The United States does not plan to spend the $255 million in FY 2016 foreign military financing for Pakistan at this time," a National Security Council spokesman said. 

The administration first said in August it was temporarily withholding the $255 million, which was part of a $1.1 billion aid package authorized in 2016 by Congress. The money was put on hold until Pakistan agreed to do more to combat terrorist networks.



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