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Suspension of military aid to Pak by US 'welcoming' for India:

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The suspension of military aid to by is "welcoming" for India, experts, including a former Indian the US today said.

A group of experts drawn from diverse fields participated in a panel discussion on the 'US relation under Trump Presidency' at the Habitat Centre here.

"Many former Indian prime ministers sustained the forward trajectory in the Indo-US ties. And, during Donald Trump's campaigning and later after he assumed presidency, there were positivity in ties, so the forward trajectory can be sustained," former India's to the US, said.

Singh served as India's to the US in 2015-16.

On the freezing of the US military aid, he said, such strong decision on swas "welcoming for "

Geostrategic trends expert Brahma Chellaney, and a fellow panelist, concurred that the step was welcoming for India, "But only sustained pressure (on Pakistan) will yield results."

"On action here and one action there won't suffice," he said on the sidelines of the panel.

On January 1, Trump had tweeted that the US had "foolishly" given more than USD 33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but "lies and deceit."

has confirmed that it will withhold nearly USD 2 billion in aid to Pakistan.

Trump has accused Pakistan of providing safe havens for terror groups like the Afghan and Haqqani Network fighting in war-torn

The freezing of US military aid to Pakistan also includes USD 255 million due to it for military equipment and training under the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) fund, and USD 700 m under the (CSF) -- paid to the country for conducting operations against militant groups.

The event was organsied by the India Friendship Association in partnership with Center in

Other panelists included Surjit Bhalla, member of Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, Chintamani Mhapatra and (retd), distinguished fellow at the (IDSA) here.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 23:20 IST