White House to announce cuts in 'security assistance' for Pakistan

White House to announce cuts in 'security assistance' for Pakistan

"In case of [a] United States action against Pakistan, it will be responded to [in line with] the aspirations of the people of Pakistan", said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor in a short but telling statement. "That seems pretty simple", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters at her daily news conference.

Pakistan has criticized and noted with "deep disappointment" charges contained in a New Year tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump and said Islamabad could not be held responsible for the "collective failure" in Afghanistan.

"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", he tweeted Monday. "The President is simply following through on a commitment that he made, because this is a President that does what he says he's going to do". "They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan", she said in NY. "Meanwhile, we are happy to see Pakistan and other countries conducting cooperation based on mutual respect including anti-terror cooperation, and working hand in hand to maintain regional peace and stability".

Since becoming president, Trumpmade a mockery of Pakistan in an Islamic summit in Riyadh, issued a damning Afghanistan policy, and announced that Washington has put Islamabad "on notice".

It accused the USA of scapegoating Pakistan for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday chaired a National Security Committee meeting of civilian and military chiefs, focusing on Trump's tweet.

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Pakistani Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan returned criticism in a tweet noting that Islamabad "as anti-terror ally has given free to USA: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but [the United States has] given us nothing but invective & mistrust".

The White House has said it would announce specific actions against Pakistan this week to force it to crack down on terrorists on its soil, reflecting P resident Donald Trump's tough stance against the country over the issue.

Spokesperson Heather Nauert said Pakistan can certainly "do more" and stands to gain from additional cooperation with the United States. Those are the things that we should be emphasising in Pakistan, not abusing and calling the entire nation deceitful and lying because Pakistan will immediately respond with anger.

"Just a few weeks ago, Trump praised Pakistan for starting to 'respect the United States.' The incoherence of our Pakistan policy works against our interests because it undermines the power of our hypothetical stick or the sweetness of our purported carrots", she said.

As recently as October, Trump credited U.S. As such, total USA aid allocated to Pakistan-both civilian and military-since 2001 is $19.354 billion.

"A balanced response is needed that would preserve the country's dignity while engaging with the U.S.", Sadiq said. Pakistan has plenty of tools to respond to further USA coercive measures including closing the G-LOCS and A-LOCS [ground and air lines of communications], ratcheting up the temperature on the Afghan border, and reducing intelligence cooperation. Islamabad had for months suspended the lines of communications in 2011 to protest US bombings of Pakistani border posts that killed 24 soldiers.

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