Trump says 'no more' aid to Pakistan
The US President tweeted that US foolishly gave over 33 billion dollars in aid to Pakistan
WASHINGTON (Dunya News) – The President of the United States (US) Donald Trump has categorically said “no more” aid to Pakistan in his recent tweet.
The US President wrote that they foolishly gave over 33 billion dollars in aid to Pakistan over the past 15 years. He slammed Pakistan for only providing lies and deceit in reaction.
He said on Twitter, “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.”
Trump reaffirmed his allegation that Pakistan provides give safe haven to the terrorists and doesn’t cooperate in the anti-terrorism operation against the banned outfits in Afghanistan. “They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” he tweeted.
Shortly after the statement of the US President, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif responded, "We will respond to President Trump’s tweet shortly inshallah... Will let the world know the truth... difference between facts & fiction."
In November, The US Congress had given green signal to release around 700 million dollars under the umbrella of Coalition Support Fund, a reimbursement amount for Pakistan on its continued support of US operations in Afghanistan.
Pakistan Army tells US to do more
Only a few days ago, the Pakistan Army media cell had suggested the US in his press conference that "(it) is time for Afghanistan and the US to do more rather than asking Pakistan". The armed forces had complained that what kind of allies give notice and question the prestige and integrity.
ISPR DG said, "What else we can do? What else do more Afghanistan or the United States need from Pakistan? Actually, this is turn and time for Afghanistan and the US to do more rather than asking Pakistan ... What kind of friends or allies are we, that notices are being given, Pakistan cannot compromise on its prestige and integrity. When it comes to security of Pakistan we all are one."
US considered withholding aid to Pakistan
It was earlier reported that the US has considered withholding the aid worth USD 225 million to Pakistan over not giving access to the arrested abductors in the rescue operation of Canadian-American family.
NYT report had claimed that one of the abductors was arrested by the forces and could help the US to give information about more American hostages in the region, adding that after Islamabad’s rejection, the US under Trump administration is unhappy. The blocking of this aid will be a show of dissatisfaction from the policies of Islamabad, it said.
Trump’s warning to Pakistan
The US President Donald Trump had warned in August that Washington will no longer tolerate Pakistan offering "safe havens" to extremists. "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan s safe havens for terrorist organizations," Trump declared, outlining a new US security strategy in South Asia.
Trump had outlined his new strategy in South Asia and declared, "We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations."
"Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists."