The new action targets payments of so-called Coalition Support Funds that the USA pays to Pakistan to reimburse it for its counterterrorism operations. Pakistan has developed a close relationship with China, for example, which is investing $62 billion in infrastructure projects in the country.
But the senior USA official said the administration was "angry and dissatisfied" with Pakistan's response "and the continued linkages we see between the Pakistan security services and the Haqqani network". But cutting funding to Pakistan will do little to advance USA interests in the region, analysts note.
The Trump administration is considering a range of other punishments, too, including sanctions, increased drone strikes and a withdrawal of support for Pakistan at global financial institutions such as the World Bank, my colleagues reported.
Unfortunately, Pakistan's all-powerful military appears unable to escape a prison of perpetual denial.
In efforts to persuade Islamabad to abandon this nefarious "double game", the US government has deployed a constant stream of diplomatic and economic carrots-including $33 billion in aid and "reimbursements" since 2002-but virtually no sticks. At a background briefing in Washington on January 4, state department officials also stressed that the aid cut was reversible "if they undertake to take the measures that we've asked of them".
The Ministry defended Islamabad's stance on terrorism, saying that "it has fought the war against terrorism largely from its own resources which has cost over $120 billion in 15 years".
So far, Trump and his advisers have seemed inclined to take a hard-line approach toward the country.
The Pakistan government on Friday decried "arbitrary deadlines" and "unilateral pronouncements" after the Donald Trump administration suspended an estimated $1 billion in military assistance. "That will have to change and that will change immediately".
The US move reportedly capped considerable debate within the administration after the Pentagon warned the State Department that Rawalpindi could retaliate by denying access to routes in Pakistan that the US uses to supply about 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan.
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He asserted that Pakistan carried out operations against Haqqani network among all banned outfits.
The decision, which was announced Thursday, is meant to pressure Pakistan to help US foreign policy priorities like clamping down on the Taliban in Afghanistan.
She did not reveal the exact amount of this aid and said that she couldn't reveal the figure as the administration was still calculating the amount. The US, he noted, wants "action against the Haqqani network".
Pakistani officials reacted to the news with measured frustration.
He said Pakistan could fall back on Saudi Arabia and China for military supplies, but it still depends on the USA for certain types of high-end equipment.
Aides in two congressional offices said the State Department called on Wednesday to inform them that it would announce on Wednesday or Thursday that aid was being cut off, although it was not clear how much, what type or for how long.
'There are considerable risks for the US because Pakistan could retaliate in ways that would be very problematic for USA regional interests, ' he said, such as curtailing intelligence cooperation and USA supply lines into Afghanistan.