Amid suspension of military aid to Pakistan, US, India discuss bilateral issues

"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".

In the rocky relationship shared by the U.S. and Pakistan, the former had continuously accused the latter of harbouring terrorists responsible for killing American soldiers in neighbouring Afghanistan. At that time, Indian officials had been heartened by Trump's tough words on Pakistan, but had been waiting to see the follow-up.

Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the restrictions covered security assistance above and beyond the $255 million for Pakistani purchases of American military equipment that the administration held up in August.

Meanwhile, Asif said that the process of continuation of US-Pakistan relations was at great risk, especially after President Trump warned Islamabad to "do more" against terrorists who the US alleged were holed up in Pakistan. That will slow down, and that will mean I think more problems for both countries - for Pakistan and also for the U.S. in Afghanistan. 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".

Last year, Khawaja Asif had secured the support of China, Iran, Russia and Turkey on Pakistan's Afghanistan policy that revolves around holding peace talks with the Taliban.

As recently as October, Trump credited U.S.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said Pakistan should "delink" itself from the USA after its humiliation "by an ungrateful Donald Trump".

Currently, the USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation depend on Pakistan for logistical support for their operations in Afghanistan, a key part of fighting terrorism.

It said that Pakistan believed that its cooperation with United States in fighting terrorism directly served U.S. national security interests as well as the larger interests of the global community. From $2.60 billion in 2013 to $1.60 billion in 2015, the request for aid appropriations and military reimbursements in 2018 fell to just $350 million.

But Pakistan quickly became an important military asset. "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately".

The Trump administration is rightly signaling to Islamabad that "business as usual" has come to an end.

He asserted that Pakistan carried out operations against Haqqani network among all banned outfits.

She did not reveal the exact amount of this aid and said that she couldn't reveal the figure as the administration was still calculating the amount. "What matters, I think, to the Pakistanis is the - is the symbolism of doing this, that it represents a deterioration of our relationship, something that they care about a great deal", said a senior administration official. They note, too, that they've been victims of terrorist attacks.

During an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Asif said that Pakistan had suspended its alliance with USA, adding that their behaviour was unbecoming of an ally. In a statement, he also advocated for Pakistan to shut down US access to air and ground routes.

Meanwhile, Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja M. Asif accused the USA of being a "friend who always betrays".