USA reveals strategy for Pakistan before Pompeo's visit

Posted September 03, 2018

With this, the Department of Defence (DoD) has reprogrammed United States dollars 800 million CSF destined for Pakistan. "This is the money they (US) are supposed to reimburse, but now either they are not willing or unable to pay back", Qureshi said during a hurriedly called press conference on Sunday after the USA announced the decision.

In January, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the Pentagon suspended $1 billion in aid to Pakistan for failing to effectively combat the Haqqani terrorist network. Pentagon spokesman Lt Col Kon Faulkner said since January, US has consistently engaged with Pakistani military officials at the highest levels to defeat all terrorist groups that threaten regional stability.

They said the Pentagon's decision showed the USA, which has being demanding Pakistani action for years, is ramping up the pressure on the strife-torn country's security apparatus.

Pompeo and Dunford are expected to hold talks with the newly elected government, led by longtime opposition politician Imran Khan, and military chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

Pakistan does not agree with the U.S. view that India has a role to play in bringing peace to Afghanistan, the nation's Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said.

But US officials accuse Islamabad of ignoring or even collaborating with groups, which attack Afghanistan from safe havens along the border between the two countries.

On closing consulate in Afghanistan, Shah replied Afghan's foreign minister will call him tomorrow at 10AM and matter would be discussed in detail. "We will listen to him and present our point of view to him as well", he said.

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Pakistan's new foreign minister said he will "have exchanges" with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over Washington's cancellation of a $300 million disbursement for the Pakistani military when he visits Islamabad on Wednesday.

Mr. Pompeo already faced a frosty reception in Islamabad, particularly after he said in July the International Monetary Fund shouldn't extend a financial bail-out to Pakistan, in part, because it would help pay off Chinese loans to Pakistan.

"If they don't want to reimburse for future spending, it may be different thing".

Furthermore, he said that the reason behind the differences with the United States was its plan to give a role to India in Afghanistan while Islamabad and Washington were in agreement that the U.S. should leave a stable Afghanistan.

In response to Pakistan's request, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on August 23 that Pakistan is an "important partner to the United States", and that the United States hopes to "forge a good, productive working relationship with the new civilian government".

The so-called Coalition Support Funds (CSF) were part of a broader suspension in aid to Pakistan announced by US President Donald Trump at the start of the year when he accused Pakistan of rewarding past assistance with "nothing but lies & deceit". While Washington insists that Pompeo raised the issue of terrorism Islamabad says the issue did not figure in the telephonic talk.