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U.S. May Lift Aid Suspension If Pakistan Takes Steps: State Department

(Last Updated On: February 7, 2018)

The United States may lift the suspension of security aid to the government of Pakistan if Islamabad takes “decisive and sustained” actions against militant groups in the country, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan said.

“We may consider lifting the suspension when we see decisive and sustained actions to address our concerns, including targeting all terrorist groups operating within its territory, without distinction,” Sullivan told the senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The Deputy Secretary told the committee the Trump administration has so far seen no evidence that Pakistan has met its demands for a crackdown on extremist groups operating on Pakistani territory.

“The US is committed to doing our part to reduce tensions in the region in ways that address Pakistan’s legitimate concerns,” he said. Sullivan said the US opposes the use of terrorist proxies by any country against another country anywhere in the world.

U.S. Senator Bob Corker, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee also supported the South Asia Policy of the Trump administration.

“This administration has rightly drawn a clear line with Pakistan, suspending security assistance of over a USD billion as long as Islamabad continues to shelter Haqqani, and other terror groups that target innocent civilians, as well as the US and allied forces,” he said. Corker had blocked the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan during the previous Obama administration.

In the meantime, the Afghan government does not expect that Pakistan would have an honest relation toward this country.

“We expect Pakistan fight against the terrorist safe havens, but we still see nothing in this regard,” said Jawid Faisal, deputy spokesman of Executive Office.

The statements comes as the Afghan intelligence chief and interior minister have recently traveled to Islamabad to discuss cooperation on security issues with Pakistani officials following a series of deadly attacks in Afghanistan.

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