>> In a sign of a deepening rift between the US and Pakistan, The Pentagon is now barring that country's military officers from a coded training program in the US. Sources telling Reuters that the move is intended to pressure Pakistan to crack down on Islamic militants. The decision blocks dozens of Pakistani military officers from the Army and Navy War Colleges and a host of other programs.
It comes after President Trump pledged to halt US Security Aide to the South Asian ally, unless it does more to fight terrorism.>> We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.
>> The relationship frequently marked by strains, as when US navy seals raided a Pakistani compound killing Osama Bin Laden. In January, Washington said it would suspend up to $2 billion in US security aid to Pakistan Amid growing tensions, the US alleging Afghan Taliban militants were finding shelter on Pakistani soil.