Trump admn likely to withhold aid to Pak; relations further strain !!
Speculation is that the Trump administration is very dissatisfied with the Pakistan’s inaction on the terror groups and thus is likely to withhold USD 255 million in aid to Pakistan.
Media reports suggest that the relations between the US and Pakistan, long vital for both, have relaxed steadily since the president declared that Pakistan “gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror.”
The US, which has provided Pakistan more than USD 33 billion in aid since 2002 said in August that it was withholding the USD 255 million until Pakistan did more to crackdown on terrorist groups.
A leading US daily reported that this threat comes days after US Vice President Mike Pence said in Kabul that the Trump administration has put Pakistan on notice.
Pakistan’s military on Thursday warned the US against the possibility of taking unilateral action against armed groups on its soil, in its strongest response yet to tensions between the two allies.