Suspending military aid to Pakistan ‘not done lightly’
The United States of America has suspended USD 300 million in military aid to Pakistan. This decision was not taken lightly, according to National Security Adviser John Bolton.
He further added that the Trump administration had fear regarding Islamabad which is a Nuclear weapons state, falling into the hands of terrorists.
Bolton as he delivered a speech earlier this week in Washington in which he said, “It was before my time, but the Trump administration did not take the decision to cancel a substantial part of the military aid package to Pakistan lightly. It was done knowing full well that Pakistan is a nuclear weapons state, and the risk that the government could fall into the hands of terrorists that would get control of those nuclear weapons was particularly serious.”
Mike Pompeo, US’s Secretary of State visited Pakistan last week. He said that there is a scope of improving the tied between the two countries. If Pakistan fully-cooperates in the war against terrorism, which they promised to do, then the ties will improve.
Pompeo also urged the Imran Khan government to rein in the terrorist groups, which is a “matter of extraordinary importance for the United States.”
On September 1, the Trump government planned to suspend the military aid to Islamabad citing reasons that it failed to take actions against terrorists.
In January, US President Donald Trump, in a scathing attack to the then Pakistan government said that it had given the United States nothing but “lies and deceit” and his country has “foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years”.