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"We consider them to be destabilizing the region and also targeting USA personnel", Nauert said during a news briefing, according to Reuters.

The army spokesperson's reaction came as the U.S. withheld Dollars 255 million in aid to Pakistan following United States President Donald Trump's tweet castigating Islamabad for providing safe havens to terrorists.

Washington confirmed it will withhold $255 million in USA military aid to Pakistan this year, a threat first issued last August when Trump announced his Afghan policy, which took aim at Pakistan and demanded an end to Islamabad's alleged support for the Afghan Taliban.

The decision to cut funding comes just several days after President Donald Trump tweeted his disappointment with Pakistan, claiming that the US got nothing but "lies and deceit" for the $33 billion in aid the USA gave Pakistan between 2002 and 2018.

Some regional analysts question whether the Trump administration has a plan for how to move forward, or if the decision to cut funding was a reaction to recent comments from Pakistan's foreign minister, who accused Trump on Wednesday of lying about how much aid the USA gives Pakistan. "I think there was a line item which showed these transfers from the USA and it was similar to show the budget from "other" sources", said Dr. Salman Shah, a former finance minister of Pakistan.

This is not the first time the USA has cut assistance to Pakistan. The last Coalition Support Funds were paid to Pakistan in March past year, provided under defense spending legislation for 2016.

Trump's first tweet of the year signaled his unhappiness over the impasse, and the country's top civilian and military leaders, in a brainstorming meeting Tuesday, said their sacrifices "could not be trivialized so heartlessly by pushing all of it behind a monetary value - and that, too, an imagined one".

But US officials accuse Islamabad of ignoring or even collaborating with groups that attack Afghanistan from safe havens along the border between the two countries.

The US has been irked with the country since October when Pakistan had freed a Canadian-American family captured by militants.

United States security aid to Pakistan fell 62%-from $849 million in financial year 2012 to $322 million in financial year 2016. However, the figure is expected to be as much as $1.3 billion.

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Observers say Jiwani could be a pressure tactic by Pakistan as China is already developing Gwadar where earlier reports said Beijing plans to station its marines.

However, Heather Nauert maintained that the suspension was imposed on temporary basis as the United States wants Pakistan to fulfill its obligations and initiate a decisive action against all terrorist groups including Haqqani Network.

On Monday, Trump said the US had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but "lies & deceit".

"No amount of coercion can dictate us how to continue".

"Pakistan army has made it clear that any [U.S] drone strike will be responded accordingly", Foreign Ministry spokesman, Dr Muhammad Faisal said during a weekly press briefing in capital Islamabad while responding to a question.

The Trump administration briefed Congress on its decision on Wednesday.

The $255 million now being withheld is annual military aid that the United States still provides directly to Pakistan in return for fighting terrorism.

Yesterday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had placed Pakistan on a special watch list for severe violations of religious freedom.

Prof. Lin believes if the US and its allies push their Indo- Pacific strategy to the extreme, China will surely carry out a plan with Pakistan to ensure the security of sea routes. Officials say the country has made enormous sacrifices to support the USA war on terror.

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