Thanks to 'Double Game,' Pakistan Loses US Aid

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 5, 2018 4:26 AM CST
Updated Jan 5, 2018 6:24 AM CST
US Freezes All Military Aid to Pakistan
A Pakistani border security guard stands alert at a Pakistan-Afghanistan border post.   (AP Photo/Matiullah Achakzai)

President Trump, who slammed Pakistan in his first tweet of the year, has now made good on his threat to cut off aid. The administration says it's suspending all security assistance to the country until it takes "decisive action" against Taliban and Haqqani militants on its territory targeting American troops over the border in Afghanistan, NBC News reports. "Despite a sustained high level of engagement by this administration with the government of Pakistan, the Taliban and the Haqqani network continue to find sanctuary in Pakistan," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says. The department also accuses Pakistan of violating religious freedom, the AP reports.

Earlier this week, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, saying Pakistan has "played a double game for years," announced that the US was freezing $255 million in military aid that would have been used to buy equipment from American companies. Trump's New Year's Day tweet has brought Pakistan's deeply divided government, opposition, and military together to oppose American policy, the Wall Street Journal reports. "The behavior of America is not the behavior of an ally or friend,” Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said Thursday. "They have abandoned us at every difficult moment in our history." Analysts warn that if relations deteriorate further, the US may have to stop using the country as a supply route for American forces in Afghanistan. (More Pakistan stories.)

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