Pakistani analysts slam pentagon’s decision to cancel $300 million aid

Islamabad, Sept 3, IRNA - Senior Pakistani analysts have slammed pentagon’s decision to cancel $300 million aid to Pakistan.

Talking to ‘Radio Pakistan’ they said that the decision just before the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Pakistan is against ethical norms.

Defense Analyst Brigadier (retd) Aftab Afzal said the US decision to cancel 300 million dollars in aid to Pakistan is unfortunate and condemnable. He said the move is going to hamper the peace efforts in the region directly or indirectly.

“After the Trump's Administration came into power, it has continuously been warning to do more in the fight against terrorism or face the dire consequences. Pakistan has rendered huge sacrifices in the fight against terrorism,” he said.

The analyst went on to say that the roots of terrorism in Pakistan lie in Afghanistan where NATO forces are present.
He added the United States is unable to justify its presence in Afghanistan and maligning Pakistan that it is not making serious efforts to root out terrorism.

Meanwhile, analyst Lieutenant General (retd) Raza Muhammad Khan said the Coalition Support Fund for Pakistan has been cancelled whereas the payment of USD 800 million is pending at US end.

“Most importantly, this decision has been made ahead of US Secretary of State’s visit to Pakistan, which is against ethical norms”, he noted.

He said the matter should be taken up during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s upcoming visit to Pakistan. It is a very pre-mature step taken by Pentagon.

“Trump's policy for South Asian region has already been rejected by Pakistan,” he said.

Senior analyst Brigadier (retd) Tipu Sultan also commenting on the same issue said the United States is trying to exert pressure on Pakistan regarding failure of its policies in Afghanistan.

“No one can deny the fact that Pakistan is the only country in the world, which has successfully eliminated the menace of terrorism from its soil,” he said,

“We must have to look for other option including Russia, China, Turkey and Iran and reduce our dependency on the United States,” he said.

He said to win the war in Afghanistan, America needs Pakistan for supply routes as well as to negotiate a lasting settlement and peace in Afghanistan. “The relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan could worsen further, if the Trump Administration follows the decision to cut off aid to Pakistan,” he viewed.

Defense analyst Brigadier, (retd) Mehmood Shah said many US allies are not in support of Donald Trump's policies adding the world is becoming a global village whereas the U.S president is busy in issuing controversial tweets and statements.

“Pakistan should focus on growing its strategic, political and economic relationships with China, Russia and other countries. Pakistan is a civilized country. Pakistan has rendered unmatchable and huge sacrifices in the fight against terrorism,” he said.

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