US Security Assistance to Pakistan Remains Suspended, Says Pentagon

In January 2018, US President Donald Trump famously tweeted about Pakistan that the US had “foolishly” given the country more than $33 billion in aid over the past 15 years, “and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking our leaders fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan. No more!”

Despite the change in US Administration, the perception of Pakistan’s attitude to terrorism has remained the same. US President Joe Biden has decided to continue his predecessor Donald Trump’s policy of suspending security assistance to Pakistan and there is no certainty the administration will change its stance, the Pentagon has said.

Former US President Trump suspended all security assistance to Pakistan in January 2018, arguing that he was not satisfied with Islamabad’s cooperation and role in the fight against terrorism.

The present administration’s policy was revealed after the matter was raised by a journalist at a press conference with Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby in Washington on Monday. 

On Monday, the US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin spoke with Pakistan Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa to discuss shared regional interests and objectives, Kirby said.

“During the call, the secretary reiterated his appreciation for Pakistan’s support to the Afghanistan peace negotiations and expressed his desire to continue to build on the United States-Pakistan bilateral relationship,” he said.

​On Sunday,  US National Security…

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