Washington, Jan 6: The White House on Saturday said that it is keeping all the options on the table to deal with Pakistan if it fails to take any decisive action against the Taliban, Haqqani network and other terror organisations to dismantle their safe havens in the country. “The US does have a range of tools that we’re looking at beyond just the security assistance issue to deal with Pakistan and to try to convince it to crack down on the Taliban and Haqqani network,” a senior Trump administration official said. “Certainly no one should doubt the US resolve to address this threat and all options I would say will be on the table,” he added. Also Read - The Truth Behind Pakistan's JF-17 Fleet And Its Failure
While some policymakers have suggested revoking non-NATO ally status of Pakistan and putting pressure on the country through the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations, some refrained from disclosing any of the options being taken against the country. (Also Read: Trump’s Tweet Against Pakistan to Strengthen Ties Between Beijing And Islamabad: Chinese Daily) Also Read - US Judge Strikes Down Trump's H1-B Rules on Higher Wage, Added Curbs
“I’m not able to comment on specific steps at this time. But nobody should doubt our resolve in trying to address these threats. We’re looking at all options. We hope that we can cooperate with Pakistan. But we do have options that we’re considering,” the official was quoted as saying by PTI. Also Read - 'I'll See You in Four Years', Says US President Donald Trump Suggesting 2024 Presidential Bid
The warning has come a day after the United States announced that it would suspend all security assistance, worth USD 1.15 billion, to Pakistan for harbouring terror groups and refusing to take “decisive actions” against them. (Also Read: ‘Haqqani Network Tops The List of Terrorists Handed Over By US, Hafiz Saeed’s Name Missing’)
“Today we can confirm that we are suspending national security assistance only, to Pakistan at this time until the Pakistani government takes decisive action against groups, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters.
“We will not be delivering military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan unless it is required by law. We consider them to be destabilising the region and also targeting US personnel. The US will suspend that kind of security assistance to Pakistan,” Heather Nauert said.
The decision to suspend security assistance came after President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of providing “safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan.” “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” Trump posted on Twitter.