12 Jan '18, 8am

Trump's decision to cut military aid to Pakistan may prove costly to both

LAHORE - A week after President Donald Trump fired a salvo of tweets against Pakistan for allegedly sheltering and supporting militant groups, Washington decided to cut nearly all security aid to the country, estimated at around US$2 billion (S$2.7 billion) annually. The United States continues to blame Pakistan for not doing enough to help defeat the Taleban in Afghanistan, despite the fact that Islamabad has been designated as a "major non-Nato ally" and given billions in aid. For more than a decade, the US has tried to bring into play Pakistan's perceived influence over the Taleban and other insurgent groups in Afghanistan to force them into giving up their militancy campaigns. However, this has not yielded any significant results so far In fact, over the last couple of years, the security situation has worsened dramatically in Afghanistan. According to some reports, th...

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