Military Aid To Pakistan 'Not Cut-Off', Just Suspended, Says US

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The Pakistani military, in response to the USA move, said that the suspension of aid would impact bilateral security cooperation between the two nations and regional peace.

In an opinion piece for The New York Times, Olson said that the harsh truth is that American leverage over Rawalpindi and Islamabad has been declining.

The fresh tirade by Trump prompt stern response from Pakistan. But one would not guess that fact from hearing or reading President Trump's recent diatribes against Pakistan.

Historically, Pakistan has faced the same type of criticism before regarding its counterterrorism efforts and providing of "safe havens" to terrorists from the past two White House administrations, with the Pakistani government staunchly refusing to ramp up their operational tempo when accused of aiding the Taliban's efforts.

The main reason why successive American administrations have been unable to force Pakistan to alter the direction of its foreign policy, despite billions of dollars in aid, is that the principal objectives of the two countries' foreign policies are vastly different from each other, and often run counter to one another.

Pakistan's claim came after Washington's decision to suspend security assistance to Islamabad. "It is time for a courteous yet ruthlessly candid dialogue between Pakistan and the United States", Khan said. "It is hard to understand why no such diplomatic initiative had been started", Olson concluded with an observation that ironically supports Pakistan viewpoint.

Officials say with no safe havens in Pakistan, US demand does not hold ground.

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"The Trump administration has publicly stated that it sees the conflict ending only through a negotiated solution". "America needs to deal with that ungoverned area before it points fingers towards Pakistan's role in Afghan peace process", he said, adding that it was high time for Pakistan to have "ruthlessly candid dialogue" with the United States with everything on the table.

During the 1980s, the United States found it convenient to support some of these proxies against the Soviets in Afghanistan.

But Pakistan, having these groups on its territory and a large Pashtun population of its own, never had an easy option of breaking with Afghan militants.

It is believed that senior military officials through informal channels have already conveyed to the Pakistani military authorities about their "specific demands".

The first major indication of Pakistan's real goal came in the early 1960s, when, coinciding with the Sino-Indian War of 1962, it turned toward China, then America's principal antagonist in Asia, for assistance to neutralize India.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif responded with a volley of tweets on January 3 condemning the us and the cost of the country's so-called war on terror in Afghanistan that has been ongoing since 2001. "For the past four years, we have been clearing the debris..."

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