Pakistan will not accept any dictations from US: Sherry Rehman

The writer is a development anthropologist. He teaches at George Washington University

Nauert made clear the $255 million was still blocked, and the Pentagon said the new action targets payments of so-called Coalition Support Funds that the US pays to Pakistan to reimburse it for its counterterrorism operations.

On Thursday the administration said it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan, including $255 million in military aid this year.

It must be noted that Trump's tweet is in the context of Pakistan-based terrorist groups like the Haqqani network and Taliban that threaten United States forces and the civilian government in Afghanistan.

In a tweet this week, President Trump said Pakistan's government has played the United States for "fools" and received nothing but "lies & deceit" in return for $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years.

"There are legitimate reasons to cut back funding to Pakistan, but winning a Twitter war isn't one of them", he said. It is time for the USA to accept its fault lines and fight its own war, or else accept its defeat gracefully, patch up with the Taliban and find a political solution instead of scapegoating Pakistan, and beat a hasty retreat from the quagmire it has got stuck. The last Coalition Support Funds were paid to Pakistan in March past year, provided under defense spending legislation for 2016.

Pakistan has fought fierce campaigns against homegrown Islamist groups, and says it has lost thousands of lives and spent billions of dollars in its long war on extremism.

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Islamabad has repeatedly denied the accusations, insisting it has eradicated safe havens and accusing the USA of ignoring the thousands who have been killed on Pakistani soil and the billions spent fighting extremists.

USA security aid to Pakistan fell 62%-from $849 million in financial year 2012 to $322 million in financial year 2016.

Pakistan says much of the money it received from the US came as reimbursement in coalition support for services the country provided in the war on terror. However, the figure is expected to be as much as $1.3 billion.

"They want to apply graduated pressure to Pakistan to change its policy, rather than abandon it altogether", security analyst Hasan Askari said. She told reporters that until Pakistan takes "decisive action" against those groups, security assistance was suspended. Gen. Asif Ghafoor told a Pakistani news channel on Wednesday that Pakistan would continue to cooperate with the US but would not "compromise on national interests and prestige".

There have been hints of a Pakistan aid cut by the Trump administration for months.

The latest USA defense budget signed by Trump in December allocates $700 million in conditional aid to reimburse Pakistan for supporting US military operations in Afghanistan, but the aid is facing more scrutiny.

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Washington accuses Pakistan of playing a risky double game, taking billions in United States aid while supporting militants attacking its forces in Afghanistan, including the Taliban.

Currently, the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation depend on Pakistan for logistical support for their operations in Afghanistan, a key part of fighting terrorism.

But he said it could be a backup plan in response to the Indo-Pacific strategy of the US and its allies.

The US and others have long complained that Pakistan offered safe haven to the Afghan Taliban and their allies, the Haqqani Network, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan.

In contrast to recent visits by U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis who spoke of "engagement and trust-building during their visits here. now President Trump and Vice President Pence are talking of threats, insults and 'putting Pakistan on notice, '" Dastagir said.

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