During a press briefing on Thursday, State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed that the USA is suspending security assistance to Pakistan until takes "decisive action" against groups like the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network.
In an interview with local English daily Dawn on Thursday, Kono said Japan "highly" acknowledged Pakistan's "serious" efforts in the fight against terrorism.
Just a few days ago, the Donald Trump administration withheld $255 million military aid to Pakistan and said that things would stay that way until the country took action against the jihadists, militants and local terror outfits on its soil.
Later that month, the administration notified Pakistan that it was delaying a payment of $255 million in military aid, pending progress against Haqqani network militants who the US says are based in Pakistan and aid the Taliban.
"There is a United States dollars 10 million reward out for information leading to his re-arrest, the person who is the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks who was let go in Pakistan", Nauert said. And now Pakistan is clearly bearing the brunt of this ignorance.
He also repeated long-standing allegations that the country provides "safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan".
In August, while unveiling his new South Asia strategy, Trump had accused Pakistan of giving "safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror", and said the time had come "for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilisation, order, and to peace".
Nauert told reporters that the suspension will remain in effect until Pakistan "takes decisive action" against groups, such as the Taliban, that are "destabilizing the region and targeting US personnel".
U.S. officials told reporters that the suspension did not affect civilian aid to Pakistan and that the money could go through if Islamabad took decisive action against the militant groups. Civilian assistance is not affected.
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Pakistan also said that it had been receiving the financial assistance from the United States as a reimbursement for helping the World in eradicating terrorism. It accused the US of scapegoating Pakistan for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan. For the success of covert operations launched by RAW-NDS combine backed by CIA, MI-6, Mossad and BND from Afghan and Iran soils in FATA and Baluchistan from 2003 onwards, Pakistan was subjected to a willful propaganda campaign to demonize and discredit it by painting it as the most unsafe country of the world.
Nuzhat Sadiq, chairwoman of the Senate Foreign Affairs committee in the upper house of parliament, says Islamabad can manage without the United States as it did in the 1990s, but would prefer to move the troubled relationship forward.
"It's north of $255 million", said one USA official.
However, a US official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the newly suspended aid, which covers transfers of military equipment as well as reimbursements for Pakistani counterterrorism operations, would amount to more than $255 million.
The haphazard nature of Thursday's announcement suggested it had been hastily arranged rather than developed through a traditional policy process.
"They want to apply graduated pressure to Pakistan to change its policy, rather than abandon it altogether", security analyst Hasan Askari said.
Activists of the Difa-e-Pakistan Council shout anti-U.S. slogans at a protest in Karachi, Pakistan, on January 2, 2018.
Pakistan insists safe havens have been eradicated, but USA intelligence says it is still seeing militants operating freely.