Pakistan, it said, believes that its cooperation with the U.S. in fighting terrorism directly serves America's national security interests as well as the larger interests of worldwide community, as it helped decimate Al-Qaeda and fight other groups who took advantage of ungoverned spaces, a long porous border and posed a common threat to peace. So, India will have to wait and watch developments in US-Pakistan relationship following Trump's latest outburst. The officer also hinted on the lift of the suspension if Pakistan complies and takes strict action against the militant terrorists.
The move - created to force Pakistan's military and intelligence apparatus to cut support for the Taliban and other Islamist groups - will include both United States military assistance and Afghanistan coalition funding to Islamabad.
"We do not believe this is the language of India". It's a lesson the US government has learned the hard way in Pakistan.
Later in the week, the administration followed through with concrete action, announcing that it would suspend not only the $255 million it previously withheld, but also nearly all security assistance.
The suspended amount also include $255 million in Foreign Military Funding (FMF) for the fiscal year 2016 as mandated by the Congress. "We will not be delivering military equipment or transfer security related funds to Pakistan unless it is required by law", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.
"That is what approximately USD2 billion worth of equipment and the Coalition support funding that that is in play", the official said. It's unclear exactly how much money is being suspended total.
It was clear that the U.S. state department had not even decided on the exact quantum of aid that would be cut before it went public.
The Pakistani officials their interlocutors that the country is still coping with the consequences of Britain's Afghan adventures.
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According to the White House, the administration is still working on the "exceptions to be made" in this suspension. "I don't want to get into specific because the implementation is still being worked out but there certainly will be exceptions made when the items are deemed to be in the USA national security interests", the official said.
Secondly, the United States has been a staunch ally of Pakistan despite the latter's systematic terror attacks on India including 26/11 in which even USA citizens were killed. At a background briefing in Washington on January 4, state department officials also stressed that the aid cut was reversible "if they undertake to take the measures that we've asked of them".
The announcement ignited some small protests in Pakistan on Friday, including in Chaman, one of the two main crossings on the border with Afghanistan where several hundred people gathered to chant anti-US slogans. We are hopeful that we will be able to cooperate in the future.
In the rocky relationship shared by the United States and Pakistan, the former had continuously accused the latter of harbouring terrorists responsible for killing American soldiers in neighbouring Afghanistan.
Pakistan has announced moves to expel Afghan refugees several times in the recent past, as a reaction either to pressure by the USA or spikes in violence, but these decisions were never followed through. "If you listen to the Pakistani officials, they say that it won't mean much".
The Pakistani Foreign Ministry said here on Friday that the country fights the war against terrorism on its own resources.
An article in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) had earlier noted that in South Asia "there is one clear victor from Donald Trump's tweet tantrums this week: China, which suddenly finds its leverage over Pakistan multiplying as a result of the U.S. President's mood swings".