United States confirms withholding $225 million military aid to Pakistan

Elias Hubbard
January 2, 2018

Pakistan last night also summoned US Ambassador David Hale to lodge its protest against Trump's statement, The Express Tribune reported.

Though the tycoon-turned-president insinuated that Pakistan responded with lies and deceit in response to the $33 billion that the United States had given it, however, the official data available confirms that the $33 billion figure seems exaggerated and deeply flawed.

A few months ago, Trump declared that Pakistan "gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror".

"This is a very positive moment for our country's relationship with Pakistan", Trump said, adding that the Pakistani government's cooperation "is a sign that is honoring America wishes for it to do more to provide security in the region".

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The US had considered Pakistan an ally in its fight against terrorism ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in NY in 2011.

Abbasi has said in interviews Pakistan is committed to the fight against terrorism, and has suffered significant casualties through the years due to deadly attacks from militant groups.

"Pakistan has rendered unmatched sacrifices in the war against terrorism & there is no ambiguity about it". He also cited several accomplishments, including the tax overhaul, opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, and repealing the individual mandate from the national health care law.

The group was responsible for kidnapping a Canadian-American couple and holding them from 2012 to 2017, when Pakistani forces secured their release in what they said was as a rescue operation but some United States officials reportedly described as a "negotiated handover".

U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of being a safe haven for extremists.

And Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan tweeted that Pakistan "as anti-terror ally has given free to United States: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust". "They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis", the Defence Ministry of Pakistan said.

Trump had earlier sent an angry, early morning tweet criticizing Pakistan.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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