US Suspends Security Assistance to Pakistan – State Department
23:20 04.01.2018(updated 23:30 04.01.2018)Get short URL
The US will no longer transfer certain pieces of military equipment and security-related financial assistance to the Pakistani armed forces in the wake of US accusations that Islamabad provides safe haven for terrorist groups who plot attacks on US troops in Afghanistan.
“We can confirm that we are suspending security assistance to Pakistan at this time,” said Heather Nauert, spokeswoman for the State Department.
There may be some exceptions to the new policy, however, the State Department said, without clarifying what particularly funds or military equipment would be excluded from the policy.
Earlier in the week, Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, announced that the US would cut funding to Pakistan by $255 million. “Pakistan has played a double game for years,” Haley told reporters in New York on Tuesday. “They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists who attack our troops in Afghanistan,” the ambassador noted. “That game is not acceptable to this administration.”
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