Pakistan's suspension of defense, intelligence cooperation with U.S. backed by experts

Pakistan's suspension of defense, intelligence cooperation with U.S. backed by experts

"We stand ready to work with Pakistan in combating all terrorists without distinction, and we hope to be able to renew and deepen our bilateral security relationship when Pakistan demonstrates its willingness to aggressively confront the Taliban network, the Haqqani Network, and other terrorist and military groups that operate from its territory", Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Steve Goldstein told reporters on Tuesday.

The statement comes days after Trump administration blocked the $255 million military aid to Pakistan.

"Pakistan Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir says intelligence and military cooperation with the United States has been suspended after its froze military assistance to Pakistan".

"Pakistan has not run out of options but it should take more steps if the USA keeps on taking action against Pakistan", he added.

The Pentagon has clarified what the United States expects of Pakistan after suspending the delivery of security funds and military equipment, and what needs to happen for delivery of both to start back up.

The Foreign Office on Thursday said operation between Pakistan and the United States was imperative for the regional peace and specifically for stability in Afghanistan.

The already tense relations between the USA and Pakistan further deteriorated after Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on January 1, that Pakistan "gives safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

"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".

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In his weekly briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said the two countries were in talks over matters of mutual interest, including security assistance, details of which can not be revealed to media just now. The spokesperson for the U.S. embassy in Pakistan, Richard Snelsire made a statement in which he alluded that they had not received any communication formally regarding the suspended relations between Islamabad and Washington.

Pakistan says the United States is scapegoating it for US failures in Afghanistan.

For its part, Pakistan insists that anti-terror operations have been run "largely from its own resources, with costs amounting to more than 120 billion US dollars in 15 years".

But statements from senior US officials indicate that despite these limitations, the administration is serious in its stance that Pakistan needs to change its behavior. Pakistan could apparently help serve this objective of the US with the latter's lame accusations.

He said our cooperation also helped to secure the region and decimate Al-Qaeda which has also been acknowledged by the USA leadership.

Islamabad had earlier showed restraint despite allegations by the US leaders and aid suspension but the defense minister's statement could be seen an indication that his country will be forced to make decision in its national interests.

But Khan noted the supply lines for North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops in Afghanistan, formally known as the Ground Lines of Communication or the Air Lines of Communication are still open. "Security funding and pending deliveries will be frozen, but not cancelled or reprogrammed at this time".

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