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US may withhold USD 255 million aid to Pak for inaction against terror groups: Report

In August, the United States---which has provided Pakistan more than USD 33 billion in aid since 2002---had said it was withholding the USD 255 million until Pakistan did more to crackdown on terrorist groups.

By: Express Web Desk | New York | Updated: December 30, 2017 12:49 pm
US may withhold USD 255 million aid to Pak for inaction against terror groups: Report The NYT report comes days after US Vice President Mike Pence said in Kabul that the Trump administration has put Pakistan on notice. (Donald Trump and Shahid Khaqan Abbasi)

The United States government is reportedly considering to withhold USD 255 million in aid to Pakistan. PTI quoted a New York Times report as saying that the internal debate of Trump administration whether to deny Pakistan the money is a test of whether President Donald Trump will deliver on his threat to punish Islamabad for failing to cooperate on counter-terrorism operations.

“Now, the Trump administration is strongly considering whether to withhold USD 255 million in aid that it had delayed sending to Islamabad, according to American officials, as a show of dissatisfaction with Pakistan’s broader intransigence toward confronting the terrorist networks that operate there,” the New York Times report said.

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“Senior administration officials met this month to decide what to do about the money, and American officials said a final decision could be made in the coming weeks,” it added.

The report further said that the relation between the two countries have chilled steadily ever since Donald Trump declared that Pakistan “gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror.”

In August, the United States—which has provided Pakistan more than USD 33 billion in aid since 2002—had said it was withholding the USD 255 million until Pakistan did more to crackdown on terrorist groups.

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The NYT report comes days after US Vice President Mike Pence said in Kabul that the Trump administration has put Pakistan on notice. On Thursday, Pakistan military warned US against the possibility of taking unilateral action against armed groups on its soil, in its strongest response yet to tensions between the two allies.

(With PTI inputs)

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  1. Man Psh
    Dec 30, 2017 at 4:18 pm
    Pakistan should take this opportunity to wean itself off the teat of Evil Empire and try and prosper in cooperation with nations in its neighbourhood. No good will come of its relations with the satanic Evil Empire.
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    1. Roger Alter
      Dec 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm
      You have a leap year in bankrupt economy. How would all the terror funding work out now.
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      1. Indian Singh
        Dec 30, 2017 at 2:08 pm
        PA-KIS have been exploiting USA for a long time by using PAK FRIENDLY JIHADIS to tie down US TROOPS in Afghanistan and at the same time claim BILLIONS of DOLLARs from USA for FAKE FIGHT with JIHADIS. ........ Hopefully, Mr TRUMP led USA will "do what USA should have done long back" - sort out PA-KI ARMY's double crossing ways to FOOL USA.
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        1. Nitul Bhatt
          Dec 30, 2017 at 1:22 pm
          It is all hog wash. Making statement, having intention to punish pakistan, using stern warning etc etc is no use. Bottom line is action. Have you stopped giving aide or military equipment to pakistan? Have U declared pakistan a rogue terrorist nation? Answer is big NO. This it is all baloney. Drama goes on
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          1. Sham Vaid
            Dec 30, 2017 at 1:03 pm
            Do not go on "considering to withhold USD 255 million in aid to Pakistan" but do it!
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