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Trump's Tweet Has Done Pakistan a Massive Favor

06 January, 2018, 02:54 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Trump Only 'lies and deceit' from Pakistan

However, he said that in case the USA took action against Pakistan, it would be responded in accordance with the aspirations of the Pakistani people. We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, Haley also said. He reiterated that Pakistan will not compromise on its territorial integrity at any cost and that while the country is ready to resolve issues via bilateral means, it will not do so at the stake prestige. Islamabad had for months suspended the lines of communications in 2011 to protest US bombings of Pakistani border posts that killed 24 soldiers.

The reaction followed Trump's message on Twitter, where he wrote that the United States had allocated millions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, while the latter had not contributed to countering terrorism and provided safe harbor to terrorists from Afghanistan.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Washington would withhold $255 million in assistance to Pakistan.

"We have contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting worldwide terrorism and carried out the largest counter-terrorism operation anywhere in the world", Lodhi had asserted.

They note that current tensions with Russian Federation and Iran leave the Trump administration with nearly no options but to rely on Pakistani supply routes to sustain the Afghan military mission.

Haley's statement followed an angry tweet from Trump on Monday that the U.S. had been rewarded with "nothing but lies and deceit" for giving Pakistan billions in aid.

Pakistan civilian and military chiefs on Tuesday rejected "incomprehensible" USA comments and summoned American Ambassador David Hale to explain Trump's tweet.

But Tiefer, who served as a commissioner at the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Afghanistan, also cautioned against the fallout of worsening US-Pakistan relations, especially of the United States losing key American supply routes that pass through Pakistan to reach landlocked Afghanistan.

"Let it come", army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor had told reporters, referring to Trump's decision.

Afghan-born Zalmay Khalilzad who has emerged as one of the vocal critic of Pakistan and has accused it of being a state sponsor of terrorism made the remarks ahead of the announcement of White House actions to pressurise Pakistan.

Mr. Trump has signaled his frustration with Pakistan in the fight against terror since he lashed out at the country during an August speech outlining his strategy in Afghanistan. "Pakistan shall do whatever is best in the national interest".

Trump had reasoned that the USA is "starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders".

"It is impossible to compensate the losses we have suffered", he proclaimed, adding, "We lost 70,000 lives in America's war".

Several news outlets report that Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will hold a cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss Trump's threats and accusations, and another meeting with his National Security Committee (NSC)-which includes leaders of the army, navy, and air force, as well as intelligence chiefs and other ministers-to discuss "deteriorating us ties". "There are several occasions where Pakistan has sided with the US".

It accused the US of scapegoating Pakistan for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan. "President Trump has put Pakistan on notice", Pence had told American troops at the Bagram Airfield.



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