Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

US, Pakistan trade angry charges as relations falter

US, Pakistan trade angry charges as relations falter

Haley's remarks came a day after the White House made it clear that it has blocked for now the pending military aid of $255 million, barely hours after Trump's stinging tweet against Pakistan, declaring that the USA will no longer put up with Islamabad's "lies & deceit" over its support to terrorism.

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help". Last summer, the Trump administration signaled its displeasure with Islamabad by putting on hold $255 million in military aid to Pakistan.

"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools", he tweeted. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi did well by convening meetings of both the Federal Cabinet and the National Security Committee, which are proper forums to discuss such issues and formulate national response and strategy. The committee expressed "deep disappointment" over the US president's comments.

Hinting that a bigger jolt is expected for Pakistan in near future, the US official further said that US President Donald Trump was "willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding".

The Afghan-born Khalilzad served as the USA ambassador to the United Nations under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2007 to 2009.

"Our goal is that we know that they can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.

Underscoring Pakistan's contributory role to the regional fight against militancy and avoiding a slanging match with the United States, it has emphasised that Pakistan will continue to seek cooperative solutions to regional problems.

Mr Trump's rough and undiplomatic language has sparked outrage in Pakistan, but it is not clear if the United States president was presaging renewed pressure on Pakistan or simply indulging in rhetorical threats that appeal to his isolationist political base at home. "They won't", he added.

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But a sizable portion of the payments under CSF are tied to Pakistan's actions against terrorism - specifically the Haqqani Network, an Afghan Taliban affiliate - that must be certified by the administration for congress to clear the bill. This is an unfortunate set of accusations.

The minister recalled Pakistan's support for the its own expense.

"The U.S. needs to understand Pakistan foreign policy through the frame of its historical rivalry with India".

Haley had warned the USA would be "taking names" and said that Trump had asked her to report back on defectors.

Thousands of US and its coalition forces in Afghanistan depend mostly on ground and air routes through Pakistan for supplies of ammunition and goods.

President Trump has suggested problems with the Afghan War are related to Pakistan not "cooperating" and that Pakistan hasn't provided the support needed.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the plan to withhold $225 million in foreign assistance to Pakistan during a press briefing at U.N. headquarters in NY. "It will not set things right but prove counterproductive", Wazir told Xinhua recently.

"It's very unfortunate that the president of the world's most powerful nation is setting wrong principles in global relations".

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