Pakistan promises 'cold-blooded' response to Trump's abrupt aid cut

Pakistan promises 'cold-blooded' response to Trump's abrupt aid cut

Pakistan promises 'cold-blooded' response to Trump's abrupt aid cut

Citing Pakistan's "unending saga of sacrifices" in the fight against terrorism, Asif wrote that "history teaches us not to blindly trust the USA..."

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders declined to say whether an announcement was imminent.

"There are clear reasons for this".

While US officials have defended Trump's stance, as well as the step to withhold $255 million in assistance for Pakistan, several experts have words of caution for the United States in view of Washington's multiple interests in the region, including the ongoing fight against terror in Afghanistan. Nauert said that despite sustained high-level engagement with Pakistan's government, "the Taliban and Haqqani network continue to find sanctuary inside Pakistan as they plot to destabilize Afghanistan and attack USA and allied personnel". This game is not acceptable to this administration.

A more sophisticated and better-timed message would've put Islamabad further on the back foot at a time when even Palestine is distancing itself from Pakistan's support for ideologically similar Kashmir-bound jihadist groups, which are now rallying against Trump's Jerusalem move.

Even by repeating old accusations, Trump has done Islamabad a massive favor by making Pakistan his first subject of choice in the new year in a rhetoric-filled rant on Twitter - a medium where the US president comes across more as an obsessive, badmouthed troll than a world leader. "They need to better earn, essentially, the money that we have provided in the past in foreign military assistance, they need to show that they are honest in their efforts to crack down on terrorists".

The US president chose to forget his own words when in a Tweet in October he had tweeted, "Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders".

Pakistan denies that it provides safe haven to terrorists, often pointing to the operation launched in 2014 to clear groups such as the Haqqani network from the Waziristan border region with Afghanistan.

The committee made it loud and clear that Pakistan was firmly supporting the US -led worldwide anti-terrorism effort in Afghanistan and, as a result of Pakistan's counter-terrorism cooperation, Al-Qaida had been decimated from the region.

At the same time, Former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has welcomed Trump's critical remarks about Islamabad and its anti-terror policy.

Responding to the oft-repeated allegations, Maj Gen Ghafoor, the military's media wing chief, said Pakistan had taken action against the Haqqani network. "If the funds that Pakistan receives from the USA are cut off, this can exert direct pressure on Pakistan and we welcome this effort".

Islamabad bristles at the suggestion it is not doing enough to fight militants, noting that its casualties at the hands of Islamists since 2001 number in the tens of thousands.

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. The meeting, which lasted almost three hours, was brought forward by a day and followed an earlier meeting of army generals.

Speaking to a private news channel, he said Pakistani nation's collective response to the Trump's tweet was a positive sign. More importantly, the United States has interactions and relations with India, China, Afghanistan, and Iran in a negative sense-all countries that are neighbours and around Pakistan. As an example, we pay the Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more.

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