A Game of Chicken With Pakistan

Lester Mason
January 13, 2018

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 US aid.

"They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan", she said.

In return, Pakistan had given the U.S. nothing but "lies and deceit", he had claimed.

"He has tweeted against us (Pakistan) and Iran for his domestic consumption", Mr Asif told Geo TV on Monday.

He said "Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the United States aid that it has received".

A spokesperson for the embassy confirmed to the Reuters news agency that the meeting had taken place, but provided no details of the discussion.

There was no immediate response from foreign office officials. "We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism".

The Trump administration has informed members of Congress that it will withhold security aid to Pakistan over what it described as "double game" by the authorities in Islamabad in countering the terrorism.

Haqqani network Last month, Trump hinted that he could cut off the aid.

The announcement, which reflects U.S. administration's increasing levels of frustration with Pakistan, could be confirmed at any point within the next 24 hours. "They have to help", he said in unveiling his national security strategy. "President Trump has put Pakistan on notice".

Islamabad responded to Trump's tweet by saying it does not need the U.S. aid, and by denouncing Washington's financial assistance as "paltry".

Trump hailed their return as a clear sign of progress, but his attitude has since hardened.

The foreign minister began his series of tweets by taking a jibe at the former dictator Pervez Musharraf, the then President of Pakistan when the 9/11 attacks occurred in NY.

He said all funds from the U.S. had been "properly audited" and that "services [were] rendered".

Pakistan then summoned the USA ambassador to the country, David Hale, for a meeting, and Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif claimed Trump's outburst was non-consequential.

The alliance between the United States and Pakistan, a conservative Islamic country, in the war against terror has been strained in recent years. 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.

According to reports, the NSC meeting was briefed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Pakistan's diplomatic efforts, while the Director General Military Operations also briefed on the efforts taken in the fight against terrorism.

"Allies don't fight", he said, adding that "the USA should realize how Pakistan has been cooperative in the war against terror". The accusation was immediately denied by Islamabad. "We do not need any financial assistance from the United States".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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