The United States has decided not to hand over $225 million USD to Islamabad as long as Pakistan does not destroy Afghan insurgent safe havens in Pakistan, US Foreign Ministry said.
Voice of America reported that US officials said on Friday that as long as Washington fails to witness practical action by Pakistan in eliminating Taliban and Haqqani safe havens in Pakistan the $225 million aid will not be provided to Pakistan.
But Pakistan denies sheltering Afghan insurgent groups, saying the United States wants to sacrifice Pakistan because of its failure in the 16-year war in Afghanistan.
This comes after the US's new strategy for Afghanistan and the region was met by a strong outcry in Pakistan.
US President Donald Trump announced his new strategy for Afghanistan and region nearly two weeks ago and said that they have given billions of dollars to Pakistan but instead Pakistan has sheltered insurgents.
The Afghan government on Friday said Afghanistan’s neighbors and countries in the region should not worry about the new US strategy and instead, they need to join the anti-terror campaign with Kabul and its allies.
“Pakistan is mostly worried about the new US strategy more than any other country in the region,” said Mujib Rahman Rahimi, spokesman for Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. “Pakistan should use the chance and cooperate with the Afghan government and the United States; otherwise, actions will be taken that would worry Pakistan.”
Following the announcement of the new US strategy on Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said the new policy will lead Afghanistan ‘nowhere’.
After US announced its new strategy for Afghanistan and region relations between Pakistan and the US got worsened.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif has called on Islamabad to postpone any visits by US delegations to Pakistan or by Pakistani officials to the United States.
He called for all bilateral talks and visits to be suspended and to call off ground and air lines of communication.