Pakistan's Inability To Deal With Terrorism Irks US, Might Withhold $255 Million Aid

| December 30 , 2017 , 19:20 IST

Donald Trump-led United States administration is having second thoughts about providing the aid of USD 255-million to Pakistan. Disappointed with the nation's lack of enactment against the terrorist activities, US is planning to withhold the financial help to Islamabad.

As per a New York Times report, the difference between the two countries and Pakistan's inability to remove the terrorist networks operating in the nation has left US authorities in the dilemma of providing a helping hand to Islamabad or not.

Ever since Trump threatened to punish Islamabad for its failure to cooperate on counterterrorism operations and accused of giving "safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror," relations between the two countries have spoiled.

US has given USD 33 billion aid to Pakistan since 2002 but decided to withhold the USD 255 million until the nation took steps to counter the terrorism palpating in the country. The special report came after US Vice President Mike Pence informed about Trump administration sending notice to Pakistan.

The development came after Pakistan refused the US access to an abductor of the Canadian-American family, freed earlier this year. The daily reported, "Senior administration officials met this month to decide what to do about the money, and American officials said a final decision could be made in the coming weeks." 

"Now, the Trump administration is strongly considering whether to withhold USD 255 million in aid that it had delayed sending to Islamabad, according to American officials, as a show of dissatisfaction with Pakistan's broader intransigence toward confronting the terrorist networks that operate there," the report added.

Pakistan military spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor has raised the voice against the ongoing notion that the nation is not taking enough efforts to fight armed groups. He further added that Pakistan would continue to fight terrorist organisations for the country's self-interest and not at the behest of other countries.