White House announced on Thursday that it would suspend nearly all security aid to Pakistan. This could affect as much as $1.3 billion in annual aid, came three days after President Trump complained on Twitter that Pakistan had “given us nothing but lies & deceit” and accused it of providing “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.”
U.S decision also came one day after Pakistan accepted it’s trade with China in Yuan, dumping U.S Dollar. Pakistan’s effort to work against terrorism has been appreciated by many specially China, Russia, Turkey and many others.
The move underlines how swiftly relations with Pakistan have deteriorated since Mr. Trump took office.
Administration officials emphasized that the freeze was temporary and could be lifted if Pakistan changed its behavior. The United States is urging the Pakistani government to cut off contact with militants and reassign intelligence agents with links to extremists, among other measures.
United States officials had also demanded access to a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, who was captured by Pakistani forces during the rescue of a Canadian-American family in October, and were angered when Pakistan rejected the request.