America blocks $255 million military aid to Pakistan after Donald Trump's tweet

Pauline Gross
January 13, 2018

US PRESIDENT Donald Trump lashed out at Pakistan on Monday (1) in his first tweet of 2018, threatening to cut off aid over what he said were its "lies and deceit" in offering "safe haven to terrorists".

In his first tweet of the new year President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan, saying the country has given the United States nothing but "lies and deceit".

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahif Khaqan Abbasi is due to host a cabinet meeting that would focus on Trump's accusations on Tuesday, while country's top security officials would consider United States ties on the next day.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley defended Mr Trump's decision to block aid to Pakistan and said, "There are clear reasons for this".

Hours later, the U.S. suspended its United States dollars 255 million military aid to Pakistan for now, the White House confirmed, saying the fate of such assistance will depend on Islamabad's response to terrorism on its soil.

Pakistan is ready to provide all details regarding the funds received from the USA amid President Donald Trump's critical remarks about Islamabad and its anti-terror policy.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry reportedly summoned U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale over Trump's remarks.

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In a separate response, Pakistan's defence minister Khurram Dastagir, pledged to defend his country's sovereignty should any war arise due to the latest spat with the US. "Pakistan has played a double game for years".

"Pakistan has fought hard and suffered heavily against those terrorists focused on its government, and now we are asking them to focus on the terrorists that are attacking Afghanistan and attacking the coalition", he continued. The tweet even tagged Donald Trump.

The Pakistan military last week warned Washington against any unilateral military action on its soil, saying USA allegations of terrorist sanctuaries in the country are "unfounded" and "no more valid" because "indiscriminate" security operations have targeted all terrorist groups. Haley said that the USA would never accept North Korea as a nuclear power and threatened more sanctions if it carried out any more nuclear or missile tests.

Trump's harsh words drew praise from Pakistan's old foe, India, and neighbouring Afghanistan, but long-time ally China defended Pakistan's record of combating "terrorism".

US-Pakistani ties have taken a nosedive under Trump, who in August said "Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror".

"President Trump has put Pakistan on notice".

The Indian-American diplomat said the aid issue was connected exclusively to Pakistan's harbouring of terrorists.

Other reports by GizPress

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