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'No more': Trump accuses Pakistan of giving lies, deceit in return for billions in aid

File photo of United States President Donald Trump
File photo of United States President Donald Trump
United States President Donald Trump today hit out at Pakistan, accusing it of giving "lies and deceit" in return for the billions of dollars in aid that the US gave it over the last fifteen years and providing safe havens to terrorists.
 
"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," Mr. Trump said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" he said in a rather harshly worded post.
 
The tweet was seen as the strongest warning yet from Washington to Islamabad on the issue of support for terrorist groups operating from its soil.
 
Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on Twitter that his country would respond soon to Mr. Trump's remarks.
 
"We will respond to President Trump's tweet shortly inshallah...Will let the world know the truth..difference between facts & fiction..," he said.
 
In a televised address to American troops on August 22, during which he unveiled his new South Asia Policy, Mr. Trump had said that his government would change its approach and manner of dealing with Pakistan -- which he accused of giving safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror -- and further develop its strategic partnership with India -- a key security and economic partner of the US.
 
"The threat is worse because Pakistan and India are two nuclear-armed states whose tense relations threaten to spiral into conflict.  And that could happen," he had said then.
 
"We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond.  Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan.  It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists," he had said.
 
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Mr. Trump had noted that, in the past, Pakistan had been a valued partner of the United States and their militaries had worked together against common enemies. He also said that the Pakistani people had suffered greatly from terrorism and extremism and the US recognsed those contributions and sacrifices.
 
"But Pakistan has also sheltered the same organizations that try every single day to kill our people.  We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting.  But that will have to change, and that will change immediately.  No partnership can survive a country’s harboring of militants and terrorists who target U.S. servicemembers and officials.  It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order, and to peace. 
 
"Another critical part of the South Asia strategy for America is to further develop its strategic partnership with India -- the world’s largest democracy and a key security and economic partner of the United States.  We appreciate India’s important contributions to stability in Afghanistan, but India makes billions of dollars in trade with the United States, and we want them to help us more with Afghanistan, especially in the area of economic assistance and development.  We are committed to pursuing our shared objectives for peace and security in South Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region," he had said on that day.
 
 On December 29, the New York Times said the Trump administration was strongly considering whether to hold $ 255 million in aid that it has delayed sending to Pakistan to convey its dissatisfaction with Islamabad's "broader intransigence" towards confronting terrorist networks that operate from within that country.
 
The report said the internal debate in the administration was a test of  whether President Trump would deliver on his threat to punish Islamabad for failing to cooperate on counterterrorism operations. 
 
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