The US is suspending security assistance to Pakistan in a move that confirms the Trump administration’s harder line towards what it views as one of its most uneven allies.
Washington has relied on Pakistan to pursue a host of Islamist militants at home and in neighbouring Afghanistan in past years, but has struggled to maintain trust with the country, where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden lived until he was killed in an unannounced US raid in 2011.
过去许多年，华盛顿方面一直依靠巴基斯坦追捕位于其境内和邻国阿富汗的伊斯兰主义武装分子，但未能一直维持对巴基斯坦的信任。基地组织(al-Qaeda)领导人奥萨马?本?拉登(Osama bin Laden)曾居住在巴基斯坦，直至死于美国于2011年发起的一次突然袭击。
The move was announced by the state department on Thursday.
Thursday’s announcement is likely to jolt and irritate Pakistan’s powerful army, which many people see as the controlling political influence in the country, along with the intelligence agency. Pakistan has regularly denied giving safe haven to groups such as the Taliban and the affiliated Haqqani network, which is blamed for attacks on western and Afghan forces.
The US also placed Pakistan on a “Special Watch List” on Thursday, a designation that carries no penalty but expresses concern that Pakistan fails to safeguard the rights of religious minorities.
Heather Nauert, state department spokeswoman, said the suspension in assistance came in addition to the $255m that has already been frozen.
She said the decision was taken despite a “sustained high-level engagement” by the Trump administration with the government of Pakistan, but that exemptions to the new policy — which prevents delivery of military equipment or transfer of security-related funds to Pakistan — may be made on a case-by-case basis.