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US suspends military training with Pak

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Islamabad: The Trump administration has suspended over a decade-long military training programme of Pakistani personnel at the US institutions, a media report said on Saturday, days after Isla­ma­bad and Moscow signed an agreement to allow Pakistani troops to receive training at the Russian defence centres.

Pakistan and Russia signed an agreement on Tuesady at their first Joint Military Consultative Committee meeting in Rawalpindi during which the two sides discussed the present status of the bilateral defence relations and agreed that Pakistani troops will receive training at the Russian military training institutes.

The relations between Pakistan and the US nosedived this January after President Trump accused Islamabad of giving nothing to Washington but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists. The US Congress also passed a bill to slash Pakistan’s defence aid to $150 million, significantly much below over $1 billion a year. The US military institutions are struggling to fill the 66 slots they had kept aside for officers from Pakistan for the next academic year, as the US refused to provide funds for training, the Dawn reported.


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