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

Trump withholding $255M in aid to Pakistan, as he accuses country of giving 'safe haven' to terrorists

"The meeting discussed the way forward in the wake of US President Donald Trump's recent anti Pakistan remarks", is all that a three-line Radio Pakistan brief said after the meeting. On Tuesday, Pakistan officials summoned us ambassador David Hale to explain the USA position on Trump's tweet, a rare diplomatic move. It accused the US of scapegoating Pakistan for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Trump had said Washington had "foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years", but Pakistan had in return given "safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

"We have made clear to Pakistan that while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory", Trump said December 18.

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.

Asif said the United States government's claim of releasing a dispensation of $33 billion in aid to Pakistan was also baseless, the Express news reported.

Thousands of USA and coalition forces in Afghanistan still rely mostly on ground and air routes through neighboring Pakistan for receiving vital supplies. Last week, Pakistan's military warned the US against taking unilateral action against armed groups within its borders, fueling more concerns that Trump's approach is only stoking tensions with a country that is generally a useful ally.

"We believe as neighbours, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan are closely linked not only geographically but also in terms of common interests". Asif insisted that Trump "can hire a U.S. based Audit firm on our expense to verify this figure & let the world know who is lying & deceiving".

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The statement said "blaming allies certainly does not serve the shared objective of achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region".

In his tweets, Trump blamed Pakistani leaders of covering up their misdeeds with "lies and deceit".

The State Department's declaration signalled growing frustration over Pakistan's co-operation in fighting terrorist networks.

Reuters reported Wednesday the administration was considering cuts in "security assistance", citing congressional staff contacted by administration officials.

Pakistan "receives funds from the United States to fight against terrorists, but it has not destroyed terrorist safe havens from where terrorists continuously carry out attacks in Afghanistan", he told RFE/RL on January 1.

"China and Pakistan are all-weather partners".

The prime minister's statement said the real challenges in Afghanistan were political infighting, massive corruption, phenomenal growth of drug production, and the expansion of ungoverned spaces inside Afghanistan full of sanctuaries for multiple global terrorist organizations that pose a direct threat to Afghanistan, its neighbors, and the region.


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