US Suspends Security Assistance To Pakistan Worth $900 Million

| January 5 , 2018 , 09:03 IST

Soon after the United States suspended $255 million military aid to Pakistan, the US has now suspended security assistance to Pakistan worth $900 million an official confirmed on Friday. The financial blocks came in place after Pakistan failed to take adequate action against the safe havens for terrorists on its soil.

The US has therefore blocked a grand total of funds worth $1.15 billion to Pakistan, including $255 million in Foreign Military Funding (FMF) and entire $900 million of the Coalition Support Fund (CSF).

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"Today we can confirm that we are suspending national security assistance only, to Pakistan at this time until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network," State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said to media.

"We consider them to be destabilising the region and also targeting US personnel. The US will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan," she added.

"Pakistan has the ability to get this money back, in the future, but they have to take decisive action. They have to take decisive steps," Nauert said.

She added, that now, the US would not deliver any military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan unless it is required by law.

Referring to the new South Asia Policy announced by US President Donald Trump in August, Nauert said that despite high-level engagement between the US administration and the Pakistan government, the Taliban and the Haqqani Network continue to find sanctuary inside Pakistan while they plotted to destabilise Afghanistan and also attack the US and allied personnel.