Pakistan Suspends Military And Intelligence Cooperation With US

In the wake of President Trump’s twitter outburst last week, alleging that Pakistan has given the U.S. “nothing but lies and deceit” accompanied by the suspension of US financial aid, Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan declared that military and intelligence cooperation with the United States are suspended, during an address at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Khan, who was speaking at a seminar titled: "Contours of Security Environment of Pakistan,’ said the U.S. is now facing defeat in Afghanistan after a 16-year war, despite spending billions of dollars. With defeat imminent, he claims the U.S. is using Pakistan as a ‘scapegoat,’ rather than defending and securing the Pak-Afghan border.

“Pakistan does not want to put a price on its sacrifices but wants them to be recognized,” Khan added that Pakistan would not allow Afghanistan’s war to be fought on Pakistani soil.

Military relations between Pakistan and the United States have stretched as far back as 1947. The Afghan-Pakistan Center of Excellence is a division of United States Central Command (USCENTCOM), with military operations sometimes jointly focused on Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s widely known that CIA drone bases and U.S. military logistical operations for Afghanistan are located in the country.

Kahn emphasized, "a wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation have been suspended,” but added the supply lines for NATO troops in Afghanistan would remain open. There was little mention of the fate of CIA drone bases operating in the country.

 

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Pakistani demonstrators burn images of President Donald Trump and the U.S. flag during a protest against U.S. aid cuts in Lahore on January 5.

 

Khan stated, "you see the facilities that we have extended to them (Americans) are still in operation. We have not suspended them. But there is also a wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation which we have suspended."

Ironically, during the speech, Kahn criticized the U.S. for doing very little to fence the border with Afghanistan. The border stretches some 2,500 Km, where militants frequently take advantage of the open-order.

“It is convenient to blame Pakistan for cross-border terrorism whereas the US has not lifted a finger to help fence-up the border,” Khan was quoted as saying.

Maybe if Trump fails to build his "border wall" in the US, he can erect one between Pakistan and Afghanistan?

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The unprecedented collapse in diplomatic relations between the US and Pakistan comes less than a week after Pakistan announced it would ditch the US Dollar in bilateral trade with China, and adopt the Yuan as China has successfully replaced the US as Pakistan's sovereign "big brother."

Richard Snelsire, a U.S.Embassy spokesman said, according to VOA news, "we have not received any formal communication regarding a suspension."

Meanwhile, so far 2018 has been nothing but a setback for Washington and Islamabad relations. President Trump kicked off the new year with a Twitter war pressuring Islamabad to “do more” to combat terrorism.

The official twitter account of the Pakistan Ministry of Defense fired back saying they’ve offered valuable resources to the U.S. over the years but have received nothing but “invective and mistrust” in return.

America's fading influence in Pakistan has gained significant momentum in just the past month. In less than two weeks, President Trump and Washington have managed to collapse relations with Islamabad, resulting in a suspension of the Pakistani military and intelligence cooperation. This could jeopardize the war in Afghanistan, considering Pakistan holds strategic assets for the fight against terrorism in the region. Nevertheless, as relations between both countries decline, Afghanistan is in real danger of becoming the new Vietnam, while Washington blames Pakistan for its 16-years of military failure and a price tab now approaching a trillion dollars.

Comments

The Ram Jan 10, 2018 2:28 PM Permalink

This looks like a farce.  There is always cooperation between intelligence agencies when money is involved....and there is always money involved.  

Dilluminati ReZn8r Jan 10, 2018 3:55 PM Permalink

I'm awaiting the Paki's wake-up and smell the coffee moment that China is officially atheist and that there foreign policy is much more existential than the US just became..  Really it has been almost a sort of extortion allot of this aid and really we shouldn't continue we are cooperating anymore than what we are?   Who speaks for the tribal regions?  If you imagine that there is one unified voice for Pakistan anymore than there is one unified voice for say the United States that wouldn't be accurate.  In Pakistan it's still all about tribes.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Federally_Administered_Tribal_Areas

Good focking luck with this.. others tried.. they did.. and if China is harsh on em I'll be like well??? That was the deal you all wanted..  My bet is that China is closer and can work harder.. should be damn interesting..

But a new deal was cut by the folks in the capital, lets see how it trickles and how long that lasts...

If China can actually make something of the area than good for them.. I'm sincere when I say that.  

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Theosebes Goodfellow peddling-fiction Jan 10, 2018 7:20 PM Permalink

This is funny as shit considering how far up Congress's ass the Awan brothers of the ISI have been. And they aren't the only ones. This whole Casandra Operation stinks to Paki intelligence. What a fucking joke. Good on you, Mr. President. But while you're at it, let's get our asses out of Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. We'se got no bid'ness dar'.

Let Halliburton fight its own fucking wars.

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MK ULTRA Alpha synergize Jan 10, 2018 4:49 PM Permalink

This is not a loss because Pakistan has always played the US and China off, using one for a time and then the other. Now at least we can see clearly Pakistan is in China's orbit. It was good to state no more money for a relationship which is two faced and really didn't help the US in Afghanistan. Also, Pakistan and Afghanistan are at war over borders, it was Pakistan always working to secretly destabilize Afghanistan. Pakistan has border wars with India and Afghanistan. China is using Pakistan as a proxy for a war with China's traditional enemy- India.

Pakistan has been pumping terrorist in to Kashmir and India, a known documented fact. Essential the lines are being drawn and the sides are being chosen for a war on the Indian sub continent. Pakistan on the flank and China splitting India to break off East India for natural resources and access to the Indian Ocean.

The Doklam mountain pass build up, Kashmir standoff, and Chumbi valley build up telegraphed Chinese intentions to India. The US is firmly on the side of India.

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Count Cherep Antifaschistische Jan 10, 2018 6:00 PM Permalink

"Our" government (I am an American and fully cognizant of the fact that it is a Zionist Occupied Government {ZOG} and has been for a long time) should end all foreign aid to all countries, including and especially to Israel, and spend the money here in the USA where it is desperately needed.

That, of course, will not happen as long as ZOG is in control and their interests are what matter.

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The Count Jan 10, 2018 2:29 PM Permalink

Fuck the Pakis! Home of 99 percent of Islamic terrorism. Since the muslims got their own country they have constantly caused trouble in the area. You doubt me? Explain how Osama lived right next to a military base for years then. Just cut off all the western payments.

TheGardener Termin8or Jan 10, 2018 4:42 PM Permalink

Pakistan is not afraid of some foreign forced regime change coming their way, it

knows it is a shithole to start with worse than any your failed nation state of affairs

after it got intentionally collapsed. Well, they got started at nationhood

by a collapsing British India...kind of that subcontinent`s armpit ever since.

Anyway, good move by Trump benefiting the people of either nation. Military

aid is pressure money directed at real killings in the worst case and at best wasted

on weapons procurement benefiting the donor side most because this is where

the contracts go.

Must be rather sobering for the love-hate relationship third world people (make it 4th world for Pakistan!) have with America , which for them is the US and all the promises missed.

 

 

 

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Parrotile Jan 10, 2018 2:31 PM Permalink

Great demonstration of "The Art of the Deal" there, Trump!

How long before there is an "uprising" or two, carefully nurtured by the usual US suspects, along with a few "unfortunate accidents" involving the Pakistan Senior Command??