In between the reports that Pakistan has suspended its military and intelligence cooperation with America, the US has expressed hope that Islamabad would “come to the table” and demonstrate a willingness to “aggressively” fight terrorist groups that operate from its territory. As per the media reports, Pakistan’s decision to suspend military and intelligence cooperation with America took place following President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” and suspended security help to it.
When US Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein was asked to comment on Pakistan’s reported move, he said that “We’re hopeful for future cooperation from Pakistan”. “We stand ready to work with Pakistan in combating all terrorists without distinction, and we hope to be able to renew and deepen our bilateral security relationship when Pakistan demonstrates its willingness to aggressively confront the Taliban network, the Haqqani Network, and other terrorist and militant groups that operate from its territory,” Goldstein said. He added that the US has been clear on this issue to Pakistan. Saying the suspension of security help is not a cutoff and no funds have been reprogrammed, Goldstein said that “We would like Pakistan to come to the table and assist us in this effort”.
On Thursday, the US announced that it would not provide military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan. A Pentagon spokesperson said on Monday that the US had conveyed to Islamabad to take “concrete steps” against terror groups to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in help. Goldstein said, “The Pakistani people have suffered greatly from terrorism, and its security forces have been effective in combating the groups that target Pakistan’s interest. So, it’s to their benefit to join with us in helping resolve this matter.” “We always look at that; but again, it’s a suspension and not a cutoff. We haven’t reprogrammed the funds. We’re hopeful that Pakistan will come back to the table and do what they told us that they would do,” he added.
The US and others have long criticized that Pakistan offered safe shelter to the Afghan Taliban and their allies, the Haqqani Network, letting them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. However, Pakistan denies the allegations habitually.