“Pakistan’s foreign minister on Friday said he sees his country’s alliance with Washington as over after the Trump administration announced the suspension of U.S. security-related aid to Pakistan.”
They want our money, but they don’t want to make any real moves to stop terrorist organizations?
They are dealing with Trump now. Time for an attitude adjustment.
“We do not have any alliance” with the U.S., Khawaja Muhammad Asif said in an interview Friday. “This is not how allies behave.”
The foreign minister’s statement further ratcheted up an increasingly tense exchange in the past week between the two countries, which have maintained a rocky antiterror collaboration since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Those ties have frayed but not broken despite differences over Afghanistan, India and the 2011 U.S. raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan, which was undertaken without Islamabad’s prior knowledge.
In that fraught context, the two countries’ relations appeared likely to continue in a grudging, distrustful way, given that Washington and Islamabad haven’t taken more drastic steps or moved to actually dissolve the bulk of their complex ties.
Washington said Thursday that security assistance was on hold “until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.” The suspension could freeze more than $2 billion in U.S. assistance to Pakistan, including about $1.2 billion to pay for military equipment and training and $900 million given to aid Pakistan’s counterterrorism operations, according to the National Security Council.”
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