The Pentagon’s decision to scrap the $300 million package comes after the Trump administration said at the beginning of the year that it was suspending aid payments to Pakistan due to its supposed “lies and deceit.”
The US has long been pushing Pakistan to crack down on terrorist groups and militant safe havens in the country. However, on Saturday Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner of the Pentagon said America was cutting aid in response to Islamabad’s lack of “decisive actions.”
“Due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy the remaining $300 million (€260 million) was reprogrammed … for other urgent priorities,” Faulkner said in a statement.
The Defense Department “is awaiting congressional determination on whether this reprogramming request will be approved or denied,” Faulkner added.