Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan said Pakistan should "delink" itself from the United States after its humiliation "by an ungrateful Donald Trump". "No more!" he wrote.
State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert on Thursday said the embargo would remain in place until Pakistan takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network.
Many members of the U.S. Congress, particularly Republicans, who control both houses of the legislature, have been critical of the Pakistani government and called for cuts in military and other aid.
On the other hand, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis said that they were continuing working relations with Pakistan, adding that aid would be restored to Pakistan if they made visible efforts regarding taking stern action against all terrorist outfits in its backyard.
The political elite of Pakistan were responsible for the threats and strained relations between the two countries, Khan said, referring to the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government.
Not only has their quest for instability in Afghanistan been wildly successful, they've convinced America to foot much of the bill.
"Working towards enduring peace requires mutual respect and trust along with patience and persistence", Pakistan's Foreign Ministry said in a statement. What is it used for?
Civilian development and economic assistance to Pakistan is not affected.
US assistance to Pakistan, which rose sharply after the 9/11 attacks, has been declining since 2011 when American commandos killed Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan, straining relations. "Pakistan has played a double game for years". These developments pushed Pakistan away from the U.S. war efforts in the neighbouring country and brought it closer to China.
Indian government sources described the U.S. move as a "positive development" and said that other global powers, too, should reconsider aid and assistance to Pakistan.
"The timing and nature of the Trump administration's decision are worrisome".
Unfortunately, Pakistan's all-powerful military appears unable to escape a prison of perpetual denial. Lahore also allowed the United States to launch spy missions from its territory. It accused the USA of scapegoating Pakistan for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan. "We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism". By 2004, Pakistan was considered a neo-NATO ally and allowed to buy weapons.
In efforts to persuade Islamabad to abandon this nefarious "double game", the USA government has deployed a constant stream of diplomatic and economic carrots-including $33 billion in aid and "reimbursements" since 2002-but virtually no sticks. American military incursions resulted in the deaths of Pakistani soldiers.
The Bush and Obama administrations expressed frustration with Pakistan, suggesting that the country had not done enough to help eradicate terrorism. From $2.60 billion in 2013 to $1.60 billion in 2015, the request for aid appropriations and military reimbursements in 2018 fell to just $350 million.
The vague details suggested the primary goal was to substantiate President Donald Trump's surprising New Year's Day tweet that accused Pakistan of playing USA leaders for 'fools'. "That will have to change and that will change immediately".
Is the Trump administration right? But I think to be frank, Pakistan can not help the United States to win the war in Afghanistan. In an article published on the website of Gatestone Institute, an global policy council and think tank in New York, Islamabad-based journalist Kaswar Klasra has said that ISIS will continue to carry out attacks, itself or through other outfits such as Lashkar-i-Jhangvi, Jamaat-ul-Ahrar and the Taliban, unless Pakistan takes them to task, reported ANI. Tillerson gave directions at the time of its expiry to keep $255 million separately and "withhold placing any of those funds on actual contacts". "Is he freezing the funds for legitimate reasons, or is he doing it because he didn't like how Pakistan officials replied to his initial tweet about them?" They note, too, that they've been victims of terrorist attacks.
On Jan. 3, Nawaz Sharif, who resigned as prime minister in July, implored Pakistanis to "appraise our actions" and "break this spell of self-deception".
He said Pakistan could fall back on Saudi Arabia and China for military supplies, but it still depends on the US for certain types of high-end equipment.