The Trump administration will allegedly add Pakistan to the list of terror-financing nations.
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In a decision that comes as the directors of several US intelligence agencies testify before the Senate about various terrorism-related (and Russia-related) risks facing the US, Reuters is reporting that the Trump administration is moving to place Pakistan on a global watchdog's terrorist-financing watchlist.
Pakistan reportedly said it is "hopeful" it can stave off its inclusion on the list at a meeting next week. The declaration has been in the works virtually since the beginning of the Trump administration, as Trump has accused Pakistan of not doing enough to stop the Afghan Taliban and affiliated Haqqani network - even accusing officials in Islamabad of allowing safe haven to the terrorists.
Of course, such a decision will only push Pakistan, a nuclear power and the world's sixth-most populous country, into the waiting arms of its neighbor, China, which shares a border with the contested regions of Jammu and Kashmir and has been working to strengthen its diplomatic ties with Pakistan as part of its geopolitical chess match against the US, which is explored in this article from Global Research:
As GR explains, one US-led effort to contain China's regional activities has been the formation of a regional "quadrilateral alliance" - or quad - including the US, Australia, Japan and India.
To create a buffer, China has sought to strengthen ties with Islamabad.
The move also comes as China is preparing to launch its first yuan-denominated crude-futures contract during the third week of March - a major blow to the US dollar's hegemonic status as the world's de facto global reserve currency.
Separately, the decision was also made against a backdrop of escalating tensions between Pakistan and its eternal rival, India. As a dispute over land along the Line of Control (LoC) - a heavily militarized zone in Jammu and Kashmir - has led to the issuance of threats of nuclear war, and the calling of nuclear-war threat bluffs.
The US officially added North Korea to the list last year (for the second time) last year.
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Pakistan has reportedly cut all military and intelligence ties with the U.S. after the Trump administration cut financial aide.
RT reported: Islamabad is suspending military ties and intelligence sharing with the US, the Pakistani defense minister said, following accusations and aid cuts by President Donald Trump.
Speaking at a public event set up by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Tuesday, Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan told the gathering that “there is also a wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation which we have suspended,” according to the Pakistan Tribune.
He did not go into specifics but said the suspension of military and intelligence ties comes on the heels of a recent announcement by US President Donald Trump that Washington was going to curb aid flows to Pakistan.
“Now all veils are off… It is time for a courteous yet ruthlessly candid dialogue between Pakistan and the United States,” Khan said.
Meanwhile, the US embassy in Islamabad denied Pakistan’s claims of military or intelligence ties being suspended, Voice of America reported. “We have not received any formal communication regarding a suspension,” embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire said.
The defense minister had previously vowed a “cold-blooded response” to Washington’s stated intention to withhold an aid package worth $255 million to Pakistan. Speaking earlier with BBC Urdu, Khan said the US ought to “prefer” cooperation over confrontation, noting that half of Pakistan’s airspace and land routes – crucial for American operations in Afghanistan – were still open to the US.
The US State Department officially cut security funding for Pakistan earlier in January, saying financial assistance would only be resumed if Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network. In another sign of worsening relations between long-standing allies, the department put Pakistan on a watch list for what it called “severe violations of religious freedom.”
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After President Trump’s announcement of withholding $255 million of annual aid, Pakistan has pushed the panick button and called for a meeting witn a U.S. Ambassador.
From The Washington Examiner:
Pakistan's government on Tuesday called for a meeting with U.S. Ambassador David Hale, after President Trump decided to cut off millions of dollars in aid to the country.
Several news outlets confirmed the meeting, which took place after Trump said Pakistan has given the U.S. "nothing but lies & deceit" despite billions of dollars in aid over the last 15 years.
Trump also said Pakistan has given terrorists "safe haven."
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was expected to hold a Cabinet meeting in the face of Trump's challenge, according to the (Link: www.dailymail.co.uk)
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