Published On: Fri, Jan 5th, 2018

US suspending military equipment delivery, most aid to Pakistan

New York: Taking the strictest action against Pakistan, the US has announced that it was freezing most security aid and the delivery of military equipment because Islamabad continues to shelter terrorists despite several warnings from President Donald Trump and other leaders.

We will not be delivering military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan

“We will not be delivering military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan,” State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Thursday.

The freeze will be enforced “until the Pakistani Government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network”, she said.

Nauert said that Pakistan’s failure to take action against Lakshar-e-Taiba leader Hafeez Saeed was not a factor in the action.

“To my knowledge, that has nothing to do with that.”

Thursday’s announcement was in addition to the $255 million in foreign military assistance that the Trump administration in August said it was withholding, she said.

However, Nauert did not give the size of the assistance that was now being suspended.

“We are still working through some of those dollar numbers right now.”

Asked about the types of military equipment covered by the freeze, Nauert said: “I’m not going to be able to get into the specifics of that. A lot of that is under DoD (Department of Defence), so I just won’t have the details about that.”

She said that some exceptions could be made to the suspensions if it was determined that portions of the frozen aid were “critical to national security interests” or “required by law”.

Nauert said that if Pakistan took decisive action against terrorists, it “has the ability to get this money back in the future”.

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