Would Pakistan survive without US aid?

Would Pakistan survive without US aid?

Afaq Bhat

Srinagar, Jan 3: President of the United States Donald Trump blocking US aid to Pakistan is a major setback for the neighboring country.
The US Permanent Representative Nikki Haley on Wednesday said that President Trump would go all out to cut off aid to Pakistan if it continues to back militants.
“The President is willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding for Pakistan if they continue to harbor militants,” she said.
A Kashmir watcher said, “President Trump’s decision could prove to be detrimental for Pakistan as it’s already grappling with number of issues. If US sticks to its decision Pakistan would have to pay a heavy price for it.”
He said, “When President Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel Pakistan had reacted sharply and had supported the resolution at United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) against the US decision.”
It may be recalled that before the resolution was moved in the UNGA President Trump had threatened of blocking the aid to the countries which would oppose the US decision at UNGA.
“It seems Pakistan has become the first country to face the ire of President Trump. The US president has stuck to his word to block the aid. In coming days he may block the aid to other countries also,” said an analyst.
He said, “Ball is in the court of Pakistan now. Leadership of Pakistan has to decide what would be its next step. If it has to side with United States then Pakistan would have to make big compromises and would have to ensure that it follows the diktats of the United States.”
A politician said, “A very few people in Pakistan establishment had expected that US would block the aid. The decision of the President Trump has sent them into tizzy and many of them don’t know how to react.”
While commenting upon the internal turmoil within Pakistan, he said, “The neighbouring country at present is facing political turmoil. Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had to resign from the PM’s post after the allegations of corruption were leveled against him. Weak Pakistan leadership can add to the problems of the country.”
An observer said that if the tension mounts between the United States and Pakistan “hardliners” would be put at the driving seat and moderates would be pushed back. “This decision of the United States can change the dynamics of Pakistan politics,” he added.

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