US puts Pakistan on notice: do more to stop terrorism

US puts Pakistan on notice: do more to stop terrorism

It also said Trump's New Year's Day tweet was "completely incomprehensible".

President Trump had previewed the aid slash in a tweet on Monday that said the US had "foolishly" given Pakistan $33 billion and received "lies & deceit" in return.

Pakistan says it is preparing a response to President Trump, who wrote in a New Year's Day tweet that Islamabad was giving Washington only "lies & deceit" in exchange for billions of dollars in USA aid. "Pakistan has played a double game for years.They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan".

The White House said that it would continue to withhold $255 million in military aid to Pakistan out of frustration over what it has characterized as Islamabad's obstinacy in confronting terrorist networks.

Read the whole story from Business Insider. "He has tweeted against us (Pakistan) and Iran for his domestic consumption", Asif told Geo TV on Monday. 'We have already said no more [to the Americans] so Trump's no more is of no importance now, ' he added.

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.

Of foremost concern is Islamabad's attitude toward the powerful Haqqani network, accused of some of the most lethal attacks on U.S. forces in Afghanistan and dubbed by America's former top military officer Mike Mullen as a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence.

"A ruler surrendered in a single phone call, our country, we went through the worst bloodbath", said Asif, about the military dictator Musharraf.


In 2016, the then-Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was killed by a United States drone strike inside Pakistan and in 2011, al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. troops in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.

Trump has accused Islamabad of providing a safe haven for terrorists.

On Monday in a series of tweets, Trump accused Pakistan of "nothing but lies and deceit" concerning its counterterrorism operations and has since been widely condemned for the statement.

Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's former ambassador to the U.S. between 2008-2011 and director of the South and Central Asia centre at the Hudson Institute, supported the idea of financial pressure on Islamabad to change its behaviour.

Pakistan's ambassador to the United States, Aizaz Chaudhry, arrived in Pakistan to attend the NSC meeting.

Pakistani authorities lately have alleged that militants conducting terrorist attacks on both sides of the border are using refugee localities as hideouts.

The Pakistani Prime Minister was chairing a National Security Committee meeting with a number of government officials present.

Islamabad's cooperation with Washington was not based on any aid consideration, but "on our national interests and principles", said Lodhi, adding "We can review our cooperation if it is not appreciated".

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