The PJ Tatler

US-Pakistan relationship continues to fall apart; Karzai's brother assassinated in Afghanistan

Progressed, the cold war with Pakistan has:

The United States Monday said it would hold back $800 million — a third of nearly $2 billion in security aid to Pakistan — in a show of displeasure over Pakistan’s removal of U.S. military trainers, limits on visas for U.S. personnel and other bilateral irritants.

“If at all things become difficult, we will just get all our forces back,” Defense Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said in an interview with the Express 24/7 television to be aired later on Tuesday.

The television aired excerpts of the interview Tuesday.

“If Americans refuse to give us money, then okay,” he said. “I think the next step is that the government or the armed forces will be moving from the border areas. We cannot afford to keep military out in the mountains for such a long period.”

It won’t be long now before what’s left of this relationship collapses. Meanwhile in next door Afghanistan, the brother of President Karzai is dead.

One of his bodyguards shot him on Tuesday at his house, a heavily-fortified compound in Kandahar city, Zalmay Ayoubi, spokesperson for the governor of Kandahar province said.

“A guard of Ahmed Wali Karzai named Sardar Mohammad opened fire and killed him. The other guards shot and killed Sardar Mohammad,” Mr Ayoubi said. The motive for the shooting was not immediately clear.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the killing, calling it “one of our biggest achievements” in nearly a decade of war, AFP reported.

The Taliban are clearly star students of the religion of peace.