Pentagon cancels $300 million aid to Pakistan

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Ajmal Jami in “Tonight with Moeed Pirzada” covered these topics:

The US military said it has made a final decision to cancel $300 million in aid to Pakistan that had been suspended over Islamabad’s perceived failure to take decisive action against militants, in a new blow to deteriorating ties. The Trump administration says Islamabad is granting safe haven to insurgents who are waging a 17-year-old war in neighboring Afghanistan, a charge Pakistan denies. But US officials had held out the possibility that Pakistan could win back that support if it changed its behavior.

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, in particular, had an opportunity to authorize $300 million in CSF funds through this summer – if he saw concrete Pakistani actions to go after insurgents. Mattis chose not to, a US official told Reuters.

Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) senior leader Qamar Zaman Kaira on Sunday stated: “if Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman steps down as the presidential candidate, Aitzaz Ahsan will win (the September 4 election)”. “We respect Maulana Fazlur Rehman and our attempts are to convince him to withdraw his nomination papers. If he agrees then Aitzaz Ahsan will be victorious,” added Kaira while addressing a news conference along with other party leaders in Lahore.

Earlier on August 27, Fazlur and Ahsan were proposed as the opposition’s nominees for the presidential elections. The two leaders are competing for the coveted post against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) Dr Arif Alvi.