U.S. continues to press Pakistan to 'indiscriminately' target terror groups

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On Sunday, Pentagon spokesperson Lt-Col Kone Faulkner confirmed that the United States would be finally cancelling $300m in Coalition Support Funds (CSF), which was part of the $1.1bn suspended in January, reassigning the funds to other projects, "due to a lack of Pakistani decisive actions in support of the South Asia Strategy".

Pentagon spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Kone Faulkner said in a statement to Reuters on Saturday that if the cuts are approved by Congress, the Pentagon aimed to spend the money on "other urgent priorities".

"We will hear him and let him know the aspiration of the nation", Qureshi said.

Talking about how the Pakistani government will press the USA officials, including Pompeo and top USA military officer General Joseph Dunford who are scheduled to visit Islamabad on September 5, he said, "We will sit and discuss this with him [Pompeo]".

They said the Pentagon's decision showed the U.S., which has being demanding Pakistani action for years, is ramping up the pressure on the strife-torn country's security apparatus. He said, Pentagon will have a congressional response before September 30, to allow it to implement the reprogramming actions. This the money, which we have spent.

Fresh news reports about suspension of the CSF is expected to further strain US-Pak relationship, which comes ahead of the Islamabad visit of US secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

Earlier he told the BBC Urdu that the United States in principle should pay back the money to Pakistan because it was spent for a common objective to defeat militancy and create peace and stability.

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Secretary Pompeo and USA national security and military officials ought to stop pursuing counterproductive strategies and work towards the common worldwide goal of ending the war in Afghanistan and blunting the IS threat. "We will listen to him and present our point of view to him as well", he said.

Qureshi said the money was part of the Coalition Support Fund.

"If they don't want to reimburse for future spending, it may be different thing. We have several combined interest. we will take our mutual respect for each other into consideration and move forward", he said.

"There are two sides of a picture". Haley said Pakistan would work with the U.S.at times, while at the same time harboring terrorists that attack American troops in Afghanistan.

He added that there is a trust deficit between Pakistan and the US but the government wants to improve the ties and build trust between the two countries.

Relations between the new Pakistani government and Washington got off to a rocky start last month when Qureshi publicly disputed that Pompeo had brought up the thorny issue of terrorist havens in a phone call with Prime Minister Khan. The deal was done even before the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government assumed power, he added.

In response to Pakistan's request, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters on August 23 that Pakistan is an "important partner to the United States", and that the United States hopes to "forge a good, productive working relationship with the new civilian government".