U.S. working with Pakistan on military supply routes to Afghanistan: Mattis

Saul Bowman
January 8, 2018

This includes nearly $1 billion of USA military equipment that has allowed Pakistan access to advanced military technology, as well as funding that is meant to pay Pakistan for helping get United States and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation material into Afghanistan. "Pakistan has played a double game for years". It is surely no coincidence that the decision was announced to coincide with the suspension of security assistance. Though rarely mentioned, the U.S. flies men and materiel through Pakistani airspace and trucks up considerable volumes of supplies and equipment from Karachi port to Afghanistan.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said that Islamabad's alliance with Washington is over. "We are conducting a complete analysis and coolly formulating our response". We prefer to cooperate with Pakistan.

General Mattis said the US Central Command head Gen. Joseph Votel spoke with Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa a few days back. There is still massive damage that can and has occurred to Pakistan, because of US's badmouthing. "We have certainly expressed our concern about the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks being let out of house arrest in Pakistan".

"There is a Dollars 10 million reward out for information leading to his re-arrest, the person who is the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks who was let go in Pakistan", Nauert said. Funding would derive from both the state and defence departments. Out of this, $400 million was eligible for Haqqani Network-related certification requirements that can not be waived by the administration. Pentagon spokesperson Commander Patrick Evans said that the entire $900 million would be frozen. According to a senior state department official, no decision has been taken on the fate of $255 million security assistance to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017. The amount appropriated in a certain year usually "expires" by September 30 of the next year. So, this action should not come as a surprise to them, Nauert said.

"So they know exactly what it is that we've asked of them, and the evaluation to date has been that they have done - they have not taken decisive action on our requests". "They understand that, but still they aren't taking the steps that they need to take in order to fight terrorism", she said.

Reacting to Trump move, Pakistan had earlier said, "We are engaged with the US Administration on the issue of security cooperation and await further details", reported Times Now.

"We have not done anything that's irreversible here". "What matters, I think, to the Pakistanis is the - is the symbolism of doing this, that it represents a deterioration of our relationship, something that they care about a great deal", said a senior administration official. We are hopeful that we will be able to cooperate in the future. "But right now, we're frustrated and we want to indicate to Pakistan our seriousness about the issue of dealing with safe havens", the official said. President Trump has publicly called to end their aid, and is now holding up over $200 million of it.

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