The Wall Street Journal: U.S. withholding millions in military aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON — The State Department notified Congress this week that it will be holding up $255 million in military aid for Pakistan until the country takes steps to address U.S. concerns about providing safe haven to terrorist groups.

The notification Wednesday follows the Trump administration’s announcement last week that it will take a harder line on Pakistan as part of a strategy to keep extremist elements from developing a stronghold in Afghanistan and to support a U.S.-backed Afghan government.

The State Department faced a deadline either to give the funds to Pakistan or return them to Congress. So, officials disbursed the funds but placed them on hold, as if in an escrow account, until the Trump administration sees progress.

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