It seems the music has been turned off for Pakistan by the United States. Donald Trump has taken down bells and whistles. He has suspended over $1 billion in security assistance to the country.
The president has made the point clear with the Islamic nation to take decisive action against terror groups if it wants the US to resume sending the grants.
Trump said Pakistan must take decisive action against terror groups including the Haqqani Network and Afghan Taliban.
The move is necessary to destabilize the region, said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert.
It is learned through sources the suspended assistance includes $900 million in Coalition Support Funds (CSF) that was authorized for 2017, and $255 million in foreign military sales assistance that stands frozen from 2016.
US officials said the move will not affect civilian aid in the country and also the suspension is not permanent as Pakistan may restart getting the aids after it takes action against the listed groups.
However, Trump didn’t suspend the $255 million in military assistance that was allotted for Pakistan for fiscal 2017. The aids has a deadline of September 30, 2018.
US has also positioned Pakistan as such country that has discriminated minorities constitutionally and it includes Muslim minorities too.
Pakistan has repeatedly lied that its soil is not used to provide safe haven to terror groups even after the United Nations designated Hafiz Saeed as a terrorist.
Pakistan’s former military dictator Pervez Musharaf has praised Hafiz Saeed as well as his Lashkar e Taiba lately. He talked about poll alliances with him and his group.