Pakistan to Take 'Tough Stance' Against Trump If Aid Revoked

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President Donald Trump has indicated in tweets and remarks that it could be all of it unless Pakistan took some decisive actions.

Pakistan has cooperated with the US for decades on regional security issues, but Trump is correct that the country does not always follow instructions from the USA when it comes to foreign policy, especially if its own national security is at stake, an expert said. "They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan".

The United States is likely to announce "suspension" of some financial assistance to Pakistan soon, as speculations swirl about impending punitive action by the Trump administration that has suddenly dialled up the rhetoric on a client state ungrateful of billions of dollars it has received in aid.

Pakistan's foreign minister, Khawaja Asif, told Geo television on Monday that Pakistan has already refused to "do more" for the United States.

India on Monday said that it stood vindicated as US President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of doing nothing to fight terrorists despite receiving a whopping $ 33 billion aid in the past 15 years. "If the funds that Pakistan receives from the USA are cut off, this can exert direct pressure on Pakistan and we welcome this effort". They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis.

USA officials have long accused Pakistan of allowing terror networks to operate within the country's borders. The last Coalition Support Funds were paid to Pakistan in March previous year, provided under defence spending legislation for 2016.

"Pakistan can not be held responsible for the collective failure in Afghanistan and that blaming allies certainly does not serve the shared objective of achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan and the region".

In his tweets, Trump blamed Pakistani leaders of covering up their misdeeds with "lies and deceit".

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His wife told officials a similar version and said that they had called the flight attendants to try to change seats. She told authorities the man next to her had his fingers inside her trousers , and that he stopped when she woke up.

The Haqqani Network was held responsible for terror attacks on Embassy and Consulates General of India in Afghanistan in the past.

"Trump is not the first president to be frustrated by Pakistan".

In an op-ed in National Interest magazine, he recommended taking a series of steps against Pakistan to end its double game including slapping sanctions against ISI and individuals who are involved in supporting insurgents and terrorists; and undertake unilateral strikes inside Pakistani territory.

Reuters reported Wednesday the administration was considering cuts in "security assistance", citing congressional staff contacted by administration officials.

The prime minister's statement said the real challenges in Afghanistan were political infighting, massive corruption, phenomenal growth of drug production, and the expansion of ungoverned spaces inside Afghanistan full of sanctuaries for multiple worldwide terrorist organizations that pose a direct threat to Afghanistan, its neighbors, and the region.

However, China gave Islamabad its backing, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang saying that Pakistan "has made a prominent contribution to global antiterror efforts".

Meanwhile, data from another agency, USAID, shows that USA agencies gave around $16 billion to Pakistan between 2001 and 2017.

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