US could freeze almost $2bn in aid to Pakistan: senior official

US could freeze almost $  2bn in aid to Pakistan: senior officialUS President Donald Trump’s decision to freeze aid to Pakistan could affect almost two billion dollars’ worth of assistance, a senior administration official said on Friday — substantially more than first thought. After an announcement designed to force Pakistan’s military and intelligence apparatus to cut support for the Taliban and other Islamist groups, the official said that both US military assistance and Afghanistan coalition funding to Islamabad could be suspended. After more than a decade of simmering US anger at links between Islamabad and the Taliban and the Haqqani network — a Taliban affiliate — President Donald Trump is trying to draw a line in the sand.

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