WASHINGTON: US defence secretary Jim Mattis has said that his refusal to give certification to Congress that Pakistan was taking action against the Haqqani network is not a reflection of a new tougher policy against Islamabad, but simply an assessment of the current state of play.
Pentagon spokesman Adam Stump said on Friday that the Trump administration will not provide $350 million in coalition support funds to Pakistan after the US defence secretary said he cannot certify that Islamabad has taken “sufficient actions” against the dreaded Haqqani network.
“This is simply an assessment of the current state of play. It is not a policy. It is a reality. You know, we are just defining the realities,” Mattis told reporters on Friday.
When asked if withholding of $350 million coalition support funds was part of the Trump administration’s new policy towards Pakistan, he said “No”.
US: Denial of $350 million aid to Pak reality, not a policy