Pakistan Air Force JF-17 Thunder flies in front of the 26,660 ft high Nanga Parbat
On Trip to Pakistan, Pompeo Seeks 'Reset' in Strained Ties
By Matthew Lee
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants to ``reset'' strained relations with Pakistan when he travels to the South Asian nation on Wednesday and meets with its new prime minister.
Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan, a longtime critic of the U.S., and powerful army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa.
The Trump administration has cut military aid over dissatisfaction with Pakistan's commitment to assisting the U.S. strategy for pressuring the Afghan Taliban, whose leaders use Pakistan as a sanctuary.
Pompeo told reporters travelling on his plane that he hopes ``we can turn the page and begin to make progress but there are real expectations. We need Pakistan to seriously engage to help us get to the reconciliation we need in Afghanistan.''
After Pakistan, Pompeo travels to India.
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Pentagon Withdraws $300M in Funding to Pakistan's Military
By Daniel Uria
Sept. 2 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense has suspended $300 milllion in military funding to Pakistan, citing the country's failure to suppress militant groups.
Pentagon spokesman Koné Faulkner said Saturday that the agency was suspend the funding to the Coalition Support Fund, which reimburses Pakistan's military for fighting against terrorists.
"Due to a lack of decisive actions in support of the South Asia strategy, the remaining $300 million was reprogrammed," he said.
Faulkner added the funds would be redistributed to other "urgent priorities," pending Congress approval.
In January, Defense Secretary James Mattis said the Pentagon suspended $1 billion in aid to Pakistan for failing to effectively combat the Haqqani terrorist network.
At the time the Pentagon offered to restore funding if Pakistan took "decisive action" against the terrorist group's, but Saturday's announcement officially withdrew that offer.
"Our expectations are straightforward: Taliban and Haqqani leadership and attack planners should no longer be able to find safe haven or conduct operations from Pakistani soil," Army Col. Robert Manning, director of defense press operations at the Pentagon, said in January.
The announcement comes ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to Pakistan's capital of Islamabad scheduled for Wednesday.
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Story ID: 20180902-120938-5649 Published: Sep 02, 2018 at 12:09pm