Trump Is Lying About Aid to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Says

Trump Is Lying About Aid to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Says

During a visit to a US military base in Afghanistan last month, for example, Vice President Mike Pence said that Trump "put Pakistan on notice".

The United States accused Pakistan on Tuesday of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain us aid. "We have already told the USA that we will not do more, so Trump's "no more" does not hold any importance".

"There are clear reasons for this".

"Patience, positive incentives, and occasional feeble pressure have not induced Pakistan to end its double game". After all, they have a long history of helping us combat terrorism with one hand, while supporting and fostering extremists with the other. "That game is not acceptable to this administration". "They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis", Pakistan's Ministry of Defense tweeted.

India on Monday said that it stood vindicated as US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of doing nothing to fight terrorists despite receiving a whopping $ 33 billion aid in the past 15 years. "No more!" Trump concluded in his first tweet of 2018. On Tuesday, Pakistan officials summoned us ambassador David Hale to explain the USA position on Trump's tweet, a rare diplomatic move.

Relations with Washington have been strained for years over Islamabad's alleged support for Haqqani network militants, who are allied with the Afghan Taliban.

Pakistani Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan returned criticism in a tweet noting that Islamabad "as anti-terror ally has given free to USA: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but [the United States has] given us nothing but invective & mistrust".

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At the State Department on Tuesday, spokesman Heather Nauert said Pakistan knows what it needs to do, including taking action against the Haqqani network and other militants.

Of this, $8.2 billion was security-related, according to a paper tracking USA assistance to Pakistan by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a non-partisan body that works for U.S. congress.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for "serious case of amnesia" after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don't want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE's New Year's Day tweet blasting Pakistan prompted the country's National Security Council to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, according to CNN. The meeting, which lasted almost three hours, was brought forward by a day and followed an earlier meeting of army generals.

And Pakistan's Ministry of Defense also slammed Trump's Twitter broadside, highlighting the key role Pakistan has played in the US -led war on terror.

The United States is likely to announce "suspension" of some financial assistance to Pakistan soon, as speculations swirl about impending punitive action by the Trump administration that has suddenly dialled up the rhetoric on a client state ungrateful of billions of dollars it has received in aid.

"Recent statements and articulation by the American leadership were completely incomprehensible as they contradicted facts manifestly, struck with great insensitivity at the trust between two nations built over generations, and negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation", it said. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more.

Shah, the opposition leader, indicated that "Pakistan had paid a heavy price for allying itself with the United States since 1979".

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