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Trump administration mulls over restoring Pakistan’s security funds

20 Sep 2018 Rasad News Agency

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is mulling over restoring sensitive security assistance to Pakistan, the Washington Times reported on Wednesday.

According to the US newspaper, the election of Imran Khan as prime minister of Pakistan has opened the doors to reset relations between the two countries.

Washington is divided over reconsidering President Donald Trump’s policy to withhold the security assistance on grounds that Pakistan is ready to reconsider its willingness to provide safe haven to terrorists nearly two decades after 9/11, the report further said.

A former US ambassador to Pakistan had earlier remarked that “the recent cutting of security funds was an absolutely terrible decision.”

The new blow to deteriorating ties was served by US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who had an opportunity to authorise the said $300 million in CSF funds through this summer — if he saw concrete Pakistani actions to go after insurgents — yet did not choose to do so, despite some US officials having held out the possibility that Islamabad could win back that support if it changed its behaviour.

Another $500 million in CSF was stripped by the Congress from Pakistan earlier this year, which brings the total withheld funds to $800 million.

Earlier, U.S. military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad’s perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties.

The so-called Coalition Support Funds were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced by President Donald Trump at the start of the year, when he accused Pakistan of rewarding past assistance with “nothing but lies & deceit.”

But U.S. officials had held out the possibility that Pakistan could win back that support if it changed its behavior.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in particular, had an opportunity to authorize $300 million in CSF funds through this summer – if he saw concrete Pakistani actions to go after insurgents. Mattis chose not to, a U.S. official told Reuters.

“Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy the remaining $300 (million) was reprogrammed,” Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said.

(Rasad News Agency)

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