Nauert said that despite sustained high-level engagement with Pakistan's government, "the Taliban and Haqqani network continue to find sanctuary inside Pakistan as they plot to destabilize Afghanistan and attack USA and allied personnel".
"Today we can confirm that we are suspending security assistance to Pakistan at this time", Nauert said.
The US, under the Donald Trump government, has announced a suspension of its security assistance to Pakistan for its failure to take decisive steps against terrorists targeting US personnel in Afghanistan.
The U.S. State Department announced the decision, saying it reflected the Trump administration's frustration that Pakistan has not done more against the two groups, which have long used sanctuaries in Pakistan to launch attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan that have killed U.S., Afghan and other forces.
They say the insurgents have safe havens in Pakistan's border areas and links to its shadowy military establishment, which aims to use them in Afghanistan as a regional bulwark against arch-nemesis India. He suggests that it is the time for Washington to end Pakistan's double games.
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Since 2002, Pakistan has received over $13 billion in Coalition Support Funds (CSF) from the US.
Pakistan has fought fierce campaigns against homegrown Islamist groups, and says it has lost thousands of lives and spent billions of dollars in its long war on extremism. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help.
Kono, for his part, expressed appreciation for the sacrifices made by the people of Pakistan in this regard and stressed the need for a coordinated worldwide effort in the fight against extremism and terrorism, the statement added. "Pakistan's cooperation is not based on any consideration of aid but on our national interests and principles", Maleeha Lodh, Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations, said in response to Haley's comments.
"This is more of a political statement in response to pressure from the US, telling the USA that Pakistan has a great relationship with China and that Pakistan would become even closer with China", Mr. Dong told the Global Times. The $33 billion Trump referred to represents all USA military and economic aid to Pakistan since 2002.
USA security aid to Pakistan fell 62%-from $849 million in financial year 2012 to $322 million in financial year 2016.
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"However, Congress and the public are concerned that Pakistan is not producing a measurable result to correlate with US investment", the report said. However, details over where the money goes isn't clear, and Pakistan official reaction has downplayed the significance of the funds.
The Trump administration briefed Congress on its decision on Wednesday.
The latest USA defense budget signed by Trump in December allocates $700 million in conditional aid to reimburse Pakistan for supporting US military operations in Afghanistan, but the aid is facing more scrutiny. Officials say the country has made enormous sacrifices to support the US war on terror. And in a fresh blow, the United States has suspended the entire security aid it provides to Pakistan as the Asian country fails to crack down on terror activities.
Pakistan, which serves as a key transport route for supplies to US forces in Afghanistan, denies harboring terrorists.
Pakistan has long rejected accusations that it fails to tackle the militants battling the Kabul government and US -led foreign forces in Afghanistan, from sanctuaries on its side of the border.
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Also Thursday, the State Department accused Pakistan of severe violations of religious freedom.