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

Initially vague information on how much money and materiel was being withheld suggested the primary goal was to substantiate President Donald Trump's surprising New Year's Day tweet that accused Pakistan of playing USA leaders for "fools".

On Tuesday, she had said the administration would in the "next 24 to 48 hours" present Pakistan with a list of "specific actions" it needed to take on combating terrorism to keep the aid flowing.

Speaking earlier with BBC Urdu, Khan said Washington ought to "prefer" cooperation over confrontation, noting that half of Pakistan's airspace and land routes were still open to the USA - and without them, its ability to operate in Afghanistan would be greatly diminished. Essentially, it is to the Haqqani network, which is an affiliate of Afghan Taliban and works out of Pakistan, inflicting massive casualties on US-led global coalition in Afghanistan.

Pakistan feels awfully insulted by United States of America after misusing Pakistan for its goals in order mainly to keep its funding agencies in India in good humours.

The US State Department has said that Pakistan needs to earn the money it gets from Washington while the White House warned that President Donald Trump can follow through his pledge to stop US assistance to Pakistan if it does not change its Afghan policy.

The calls to Capitol Hill came a day after Washington accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain United States aid.

"No amount of coercion can dictate us how to continue", he said. In October, he took to Twitter to note the following, for example: "Starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders".

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif claimed that Pakistan had already "said "no more" to America, so Trump's "no more" has no importance".

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

Meanwhile, Syed Khursheed Shah, the leader of the opposition in the National Assembly, urged Pakistani politicians to come together and issue a bipartisan "unified response" to Trump's recent statements against Islamabad, reports Dawn.

He tweeted: "We will respond to President Trump's tweet shortly inshallah".

Days before the visit, the US Congress dropped a provision that linked reimbursements to Pakistan with a demonstrable action against Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). "Pakistan has played a double game for years", she told reporters at the UN.

Earlier on January 2, Pakistan summoned U.S. Ambassador David Hale in response to Trump's January 1 Twitter message and accused the United States of "mistrust".

"In effect, if the US pressure tactics work, and Pakistan backs off on its links to militants, then Afghanistan is a big victor". Any incursion of the United States forces on the pretext of hot pursuit of the Taliban insurgents into Pakistan or use of drone strikes in the mainland would have disastrous consequences for the entire region.

"Pakistan has made tremendous efforts and sacrifices in combating terrorism and made outstanding contributions to the worldwide anti-terrorism cause", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in Beijing. Former President Obama launched the raid on bin Laden's compound without notifying Pakistan. Pakistan is an easy target, but with China backing its position, it will not be so easy to bully Pakistan this time.

Islamabad strongly rejects the allegations of Afghan insurgents using its soil for cross-border attacks, and accuses Washington of scapegoating Pakistan for its failure in Afghanistan. A few days ago, CENTCOM commander General Voetel said that the US was attempting quiet discussions rather than public messaging to Pakistan.

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