WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump wants to cut off all military aid to Pakistan, a Foreign Policy report said.
The FP report quoted an unnamed US official saying that Trump’s new strategy for Afghanistan would change the U.S. relationship with Pakistan significantly.
“The president thinks we’re being ripped off by Pakistan,” the administration official said. “He’s just pissed about this. The DoD view is it is a troubled relationship, but we need logistics.” “That’s part of the strategy,” the official said.
The Pentagon has already frozen support to Islamabad under the coalition support fund, which provides payments to Pakistan for supporting counterterrorism operations.
In regards to freezing payments, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said he couldn’t certify that Pakistan had taken sufficient actions against the Haqqani network, an insurgent group based in Afghanistan.
Cutting off support for Pakistan would raise yet more problems, however. For years, both diplomats and generals have agreed that the only way to ensure the survival of the Afghan government and bring an end to the war is a negotiated settlement with the Taliban. –