Donald Trump singing India's tune, says Pakistan

07 January, 2018, 09:00 | Author: Kelly Sanders
  • 039;A ruler surrendered in a single phone call our country we went through the worst bloodbath,' said Asif about the military dictator Musharraf

The summit comes as demonstrators took to the streets of Karachi to protest Trump and the U.S.

Pakistan's defense ministry hit back at the president, tweeting the country has received "invective & mistrust" from the U.S.

"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.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said Donald Trump could hire a US-based audit firm to verify the Dollars 33 billion figure he cited in a furious tweet on New Year's Day.

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

"There are considerable risks for the USA because Pakistan could retaliate in ways that would be very problematic for US regional interests", he said, such as curtailing intelligence co-operation and USA supply lines into Afghanistan.

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. 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. The last Coalition Support Funds were paid to Pakistan in March a year ago, provided under defence spending legislation for 2016.

Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan echoed Asif's defiant tone during an interview on Thursday, vowing a "cold-blooded response" to Washington's stated intention to withhold $255 million in aid to Pakistan, as cited by RIA Novosti.

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Describing Pakistan as an independent nuclear power, the defense minister said it was not possible for Washington to dictate terms to Islamabad by withholding aid, and warned the U.S. against any attempt to bring the war in Afghanistan to Pakistan's soil.

"Pres Trump quoted figure of $33billion given to PAK over last 15yrs, he can hire a United States based Audit firm on our expense to verify this figure & let the world know who is lying & deceiving.", Asif tweeted.

The United States also alleges that senior Afghan Taliban commanders live on Pakistani soil, and has signaled it will cut aid and take other steps if Islamabad does not stop helping or turning a blind eye to Haqqani militants crossing the border to carry out attacks in Afghanistan.

Islamabad denies allegations it is harboring Afghan insurgents and instead complains anti-state militants are using the neighboring country for terrorist attacks against Pakistan.

"Trump is not the first president to be frustrated by Pakistan".

"We have contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting global terrorism and carried out the largest counterterrorism operation anywhere in the world" in Pakistan's tribal regions, Lodhi said.

The official added the administration would continue to "review Pakistan's level of cooperation", Fox News reported. But Trump's action, which includes a move to cancel a $255 million aid package to Pakistan, will damage its creditworthiness and deliver a major jolt to the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), political observers here said.

Meanwhile, data from another agency, USAID, shows that USA agencies gave around $16 billion to Pakistan between 2001 and 2017.

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