ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Navy is now seeking to carry out independent Regional Maritime Security Patrol (RMSP) after quitting US led CTF.
It will now patrol the international waters from the Gulf of Aden to the Gulf of Oman, and from the Strait of Hormuz to the Maldivian waters, a Pakistani military official told Al-Jazeera.
Experts believe that Pakistan’s decision to quit CTF does not mean that it is severing its ties with the CMF. Pakistan is still part of the Combined Maritime Force and could anytime resume its operations with the CTF151.
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Pakistan and the US relations have been at a critical juncture ever since President Donald Trump took control. The first crack in the relations of the two former allies appeared when Trump, in August 2017, announced its new South Asia policy and blamed Pakistan for US failure in Afghanistan.
He accused Pakistan of harboring terrorism, a claim Pakistan vehemently denies. In his New Year tweet, US President took another a jibe at Pakistan and said the country has double-crossed the US in the war against terrorism.
In August this year, the Trump administration stopped funding for a training programme for Pakistani military officers.
The military ties between the two countries have borne the final blow when the US military, in September, cut $300m in aid to Pakistan. The move fueled to Pakistan’s anger which believes that the US owed this money to Pakistan.