The U.S. Cuts Military Aid to Pakistan

Spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses reporters at the Department Press Briefing, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Photo: State Department
Spokesperson Heather Nauert addresses reporters at the Department Press Briefing, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. Photo: State Department

The U.S. has announced to cut almost all security aid to Pakistan. The Trump administration announced on Thursday it would cut the aid to Pakistan until ‘it deals with the terrorist networks operating’ in the South Asia country.

Heather Nauert, the state department spokesperson, said, “Pakistan has the ability to get this money back in the future, but they have to take decisive action.”

She said in a briefing on Tuesday, “I don’t want to say that Pakistan can do more, but Pakistan knows what it needs to do… to earn, essentially, the money that we have provided in the past in foreign military assistance, they need to show that they are sincere in their efforts to crack down on terrorists.”

President Donald Trump, in his first New Year tweet, warned Pakistan to cut off aid. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.”

“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”

When journalists asked why Donald Trump took this very week to cut off aid to Pakistan, spokesperson Nauert said Trump’s concern “about Pakistan not taking enough action about terrorism is nothing new.”

“The President had expressed that concern months ago. He expressed this at the beginning of the administration, as have many officials in the United States Government.”

How much Pakistan loses?

The exact figure that how much aid will be cut is not announced yet. According to a BBC defense experts view, “the total impact of the visible aid suspension may fall in the range of more than $900m (£660m).”

“This includes the suspension of $255m due to Pakistan for military equipment and training under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) fund and $700m under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF) – paid to Pakistan for conducting operations against militant groups,” BBC calculated.

Earlier at the UN headquarters, the U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley accused Pakistan of playing a double game with the U.S.

Reiterating the U.S. President, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador said at the UN headquarters, “There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years.”

“They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan. That game is not acceptable to this administration.”

He urged greater help from Pakistan and warned that President Trump is “willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding for Pakistan.”


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