US president Donald Trump was “not satisfied” with the progress shown by Pakistan in its fight against terrorism in line with the South Asia strategy he had announced last August, the White House said, as American officials continued to press a Paris-based world body on terror financing to put the country on a watchlist.
The United States has seen “modest progress” in terms of Pakistan’s acknowledgement of “these concerns”, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said while speaking to reporters in response to a question. Shah added this administration had brought some “clarity” to the relationship with Pakistan, a one-time ally, by holding it “accountable for its actions”.
Though the spokesperson did not spell out the “concerns”, they are and have remained the same for years, traversing administrations Democratic and Republican, that Pakistan supports terrorism as a state policy, and offers shelter and safe-haven to them from which they carry out attacks across the border.
President Trump accused Pakistan of accepting $33 billion in aid from America and giving back in return only “lies and deceit” on Twitter on January 1. Just days later, the US announced it was suspending nearly $2 billion in security-related aid to Pakistan and set aside less money for it in the budget.
It also proposed to the Paris-based terror-financing global watchdog, Financial Action Task Force, to put Pakistan on a watchlist, called the “grey list”, that are countries with “weak measures to combat money laundering and terrorist financing”.