US confirms suspension of USD2 billion in military aid to Pakistan

07 January 2018

Key Points

  • US confirms decision to halt military aid and equipment deliveries to Pakistan
  • Move expected to bolster Pakistan’s security partnership with China

The US government has confirmed that it will hold back nearly USD2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan as it looks to prompt Islamabad into playing a more meaningful role in counter-insurgency (COIN) operations.

The decision to suspend aid to Pakistan was announced by Washington on 4 January but officials did not confirm the total amount to be withdrawn. However, speaking to Jane’s on 8 January, US Department of State official said the suspension would affect about USD1.9 billion in military aid.

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