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After Trump threatens to cut aid to Pak, India says stand vindicated

07 January 2018

Trump had tweeted on Monday that Pakistan gives safe haven to terrorists while taking $33 billion in USA aid-the latest salvo in the administration's threat to cut funding to Pakistan by $255 million as it reviews Islamabad's cooperation in the fight on terror.

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.

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

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

Islamabad could "review its cooperation if it is not appreciated", declared Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi in condemning the Trump administration's aggressive stance against Pakistan's alleged support for jihadist groups, reports the Agence France-Presse (AFP) news agency.

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

The comments followed an angry tweet from President Donald Trump on Monday that the United States had been rewarded with "nothing but lies and deceit" for "foolishly" giving Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years. President Donald Trump has indicated in tweets and remarks that it could be all of it unless Pakistan took some decisive actions.

Describing Pakistan as an independent nuclear power, the defense minister said it was not possible for Washington to dictate terms to Islamabad by withholding aid, and warned the United States against any attempt to bring the war in Afghanistan to Pakistan's soil.

The summit comes as demonstrators took to the streets of Karachi to protest Trump and the U.S.

The administration first started a "temporary withholding" of the funds, part of a $1.1 billion aid package authorized in 2016 by Congress, in August.

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Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif told Pakistan's Urdu-language Geo Television that "the United States should hold its own people accountable for its failures in Afghanistan".

He complained that since the al-Qaeda attacks on the American homeland on September 11, 2001, the United States has continuously requested that Pakistan "do more" to combat terrorism. "We have two big powers with us as Washington attempts to pressurise Pakistan ". During a visit to a USA military base in Afghanistan last month, for example, Vice President Mike Pence said that Trump "put Pakistan on notice". "If the funds that Pakistan receives from the USA are cut off, this can exert direct pressure on Pakistan and we welcome this effort". "The global community should acknowledge that", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters here on Tuesday.

"They support our view and are standing with us", said a senior official at the foreign ministry who remains in contact with Moscow.

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After Trump threatens to cut aid to Pak, India says stand vindicated