March 21, 2018

China Defies Trump: Pakistan Makes 'Great Efforts and Sacrifices' Against Terrorism

13 January 2018, 03:06 | Taylor George

Supporters of Pakistani religious groups rally to condemn a tweet by US President Donald Trump in Karachi. – AP

Supporters of Pakistani religious groups rally to condemn a tweet by US President Donald Trump in Karachi. – AP

At that time, the U.S. also made a decision to withhold $255 million in military assistance until Pakistan did more to combat terrorism.

'We are ready to publicly provide details of the U.S. aid that has been received by the country, ' said the minister, adding that Mr Trump was disappointed with the United States defeat in Afghanistan and was accusing Pakistan in retaliation.

In his first Tweet of the New Year, Trump had called out Pakistan for giving "safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan" while making "fools" of U.S. leaders.

Read the whole story from Business Insider. "We tried to please you on the cost of our economy, we provided tens of thousands of visas as a result of which the networks of Black Water spread across our country", the foreign minister wrote in another tweet.

"Pakistan has made enormous efforts and sacrifice for the fight against terrorism and has made very outstanding contribution to the global cause of counter terrorism".

Unveiling his new South Asia policy in August, Trump had warned of tougher measures against Pakistan if it failed to cooperate with the U.S. in the fight against terror. He later told local media that it's actually the U.S. that's aiding terrorists making incursions into Pakistan.

Michael Kugelman, senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center, cautioned that people should not "overstate the significance of Trump's tweet for policy".

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Relations between the USA and Pakistan in the war against terrorism have plummeted to new lows in recent years, mainly due to a clash of interests in Afghanistan. "The worldwide community should acknowledge that", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said here when asked about Trump's criticism of Pakistan. The accusation was immediately denied by Islamabad.

Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan's ambassador in Washington, said in a Twitter posting that Trump's tweet was a "promising message to Afghans who have suffered at the hands of terrorists based in Pakistan for far too long".

"The president is willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding for Pakistan as they continue to harbour and support terrorism", said Haley. Her statement followed an angry tweet from Trump on Monday that the United States had been rewarded with "nothing but lies and deceit" for giving Pakistan billions in aid.

Trump's tweet didn't go down well with Pakistan, as it summoned the USA envoy the very next day.

Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Chaudhry, arrived in Pakistan to attend the NSC meeting. He stressed that Trump had levelled serious allegations against Pakistan and the entire nation needed to be united in its reply.

Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor told local Geo TV Wednesday that the country would like to continue working with the USA but will not "compromise on national interests and prestige".

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