WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump’s choice to freeze aid to Pakistan might have an effect on virtually two billion dollars’ value of help, a senior administration official stated on Friday — considerably greater than first thought.
After an announcement designed to drive Pakistan’s army and intelligence equipment to chop help for the Taliban and different Islamist teams, the official stated that each US army help and Afghanistan coalition funding to Islamabad might be suspended.
It’s “roughly two billion value of kit and coalition help funding that’s in play,” the official stated on situation of anonymity.
After greater than a decade of simmering US anger at hyperlinks between Islamabad and the Taliban and the Haqqani community — a Taliban affiliate — President Donald Trump is making an attempt to attract a line within the sand.
On the hook is nearly $1bn of US army gear that has allowed Pakistan entry to superior army know-how, but in addition funding that’s meant to pay Pakistan for serving to get US and NATO materiel into Afghanistan.
Analysts consider the USA is very unlikely to freeze all that funding, which totals $1.9bn, in accordance with the supply.
US officers have already indicated that there could possibly be “exemptions” for packages deemed very important to US nationwide safety, possible together with money for maintaining Pakistan’s nuclear weapons protected.
However however, the whole determine of $1.9bn is far greater than first indicated and is a sign of Washington’s seriousness.
The senior administration official stated “all choices are on the desk” on the subject of additional strikes, together with stripping Pakistan of its standing as a “main non-NATO ally” or calling in very important IMF loans.
Revealed in Daybreak, January sixth, 2018
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