Security aid will be put on hold.
The U.S. won’t be sending any more security aid funding to Pakistan, until that country takes more steps to confront terrorist groups.
The announcement was made by U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert:
“Today we can confirm that we are suspending … security assistance only to Pakistan at this time until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. We consider them to be destabilizing the region and also targeting U.S. personnel.”
The official word from the U.S. State Department comes after Donald Trump criticized Pakistan, and questioned why the U.S. has sent that country billions of dollars, even as Islamist terror groups have flourished in the region.
Many other countries send taxpayer money to Pakistan, including Canada.
Yet despite all the money Pakistan has received, many remain concerned by the severe threat of radical Islam in the region, and the perception that the government of Pakistan is less than willing to truly confront it.
After all, Pakistan regularly jails people for ‘blasphemy’ against Islam, and many feel they encourage extremism through government actions.
Additionally, Pakistan has been forging a closer alliance with China, even as they take money from the West.