The promise so rankled the Taliban they issued a statement insisting that Pakistan should reject all foreign aid.
Yet it is also a challenge and opportunity for the Taliban and al Qaeda.
The late diplomat and special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan was the best hope to secure a peace deal with the Taliban.
Sunni fundamentalist movement in Afghanistan, Pashto plural of Arabic tālib "student;" so called because it originated among students in Pakistani religious schools. Group formed c.1993. Often incorrectly treated as singular in English.