Pakistan considers blocking US food and military supplies in Afghanistan

In a move that could result in a complete blockade or US troops’ supplies and could translate into a troop recall, or a surrender of the Americans in Afghanistan, Pakistan is considering blocking supplies to the US forces in Afghanistan through the Pak-Afghan border as retaliation to Washington’s hostile attitude, Pakistan based The Nation reported.

Senior officials at the foreign ministry said Pakistan was “considering this option” but there “has been no decision as yet.”

One official was quoted by The Nation as saying, “This option is on the table and is being discussed by the diplomats, the civilian leaders and the military. We will reach a decision soon.”

The US uses military supply lines that run food and equipment from Pakistan to Afghanistan.

Reports said the US was “watching for Pakistan’s next moves” as the two countries struggle to retain the relationship. President Donald Trump’s decision this month to withhold military aid to Pakistan shocked Islamabad.

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Earlier, Khawaja Asif, the country’s Foreign Minister had said that they don’t have any alliance with the USA now.

“We do not have any alliance” with the United States, Khawaja Muhammad Asif said in an interview on Friday. “This is not how allies behave, ” reported the Wall Street Journal.

Asif added that the U.S. failed to behave as an ally and turned Islamabad into a “whipping boy” for its own shortcomings in Afghanistan.

Washington on Thursday that security assistance to Islamabad was on hold until the Pakistani government took “decisive action” against terror groups on its territory, including the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network.


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