The United States has suspended the military and educational training of scores of Pakistani officers, a move that could negatively affect more than a decade of bilateral military relations between Washington and Islamabad.
A US State Department spokesperson said on Friday the effective suspension of Pakistan from the US government’s International Military Education and Training program (IMET) would close off places that had been set aside for 66 Pakistani officers this year.
The spokesman added that the places would either be unfilled or given to officers from other countries.
Pakistani officers have reportedly been excluded from programs at the War College, the US army’s premier school for foreign officers, in the upcoming academic year as well as training courses at the US Naval War College and Naval Staff College.
The State Department official said the IMET cancellations were valued at $2.41 million and at least two other programs had…