U.S. targets Pakistan again, tells it to step up fight against terrorism

06 January, 2018, 02:53 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif to represent Pakistan during the trilateral foreign ministers' talks on December 26

"We have contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting global terrorism and carried out the largest counter-terrorism operation anywhere in the world", Lodhi had asserted. "I don't want to say that Pakistan can do more, but Pakistan knows what it needs to do", she said.

"The real challenges in Afghanistan were political infighting, massive corruption, phenomenal growth of drug production and expansion of ungoverned spaces inside Afghanistan full of sanctuaries for multiple global terrorist organizations, posing a serious and direct threat to Afghanistan, its neighbors and the entire region", read Tuesday's Pakistani statement.

As the United States administration withheld the 225 million dollar assistance to Pakistan, it said that there are clear reasons for this. USA ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley also accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" by claiming to support the US-led war against terrorism while providing a haven to terrorist groups.

The statement further said that it was mostly because of this endeavor, Pakistan was suffering a brutal backlash, including the killing of hundreds of its schoolchildren by terrorists based in Afghanistan, adding that Pakistan can not be held responsible for the collective failure in Afghanistan. They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan.

Pakistan has reacted strongly to Mr. Trump's statement, and how it would respond further also remains an open question.

Pakistan was not paid $300 million of $1 billion under CSF in 2015 and $350 million of $900 million in 2016 because the administration could not certify Pakistan and indeed taken decisive action against the outfit, which is at the heart of USA anger with Pakistan, described as "deceit" by the president recently.

However, he said, in case the USA took action against Pakistan, it would be responded to in accordance with the aspirations of the Pakistani people.

After the statement, Pakistan had called a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Tuesday which expressed "disappointment" over the statement, but said the country would not act in haste.

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As US-Pakistan relations face a stiff test following President Donald Trump's Twitter tirade against Islamabad, foreign policy experts have warned Washington against implications of losing Pakistan as an ally.

Spokesperson Heather Nauert said Pakistan can certainly "do more" and stands to gain from additional cooperation with the United States. It also said Trump's New Year's Day tweet was "completely incomprehensible".

He went on to add that Pakistan and China are all weather partners and, "China will continue to deepen cooperation in various areas with Pakistan and benefit the two people".

"It is impossible to compensate the losses we have suffered", he proclaimed, adding, "We lost 70,000 lives in America's war".

"A balanced response is needed that would preserve the country's dignity while engaging with the U.S.", Sadiq said. "It is natural for us to enhance communication and exchanges", Geng said.

"The worst effect is a decline in trust that makes recovery from a downturn much more hard".

He added that Pakistan considered US' enemies as its own time and again, and rendered services relentlessly.

As recently as October, Trump credited U.S. "But if the pressure tactics fail, stability in Afghanistan could worsen, and the US war effort in Afghanistan will grow even more complicated than it already is", said Mr. Kugelman.


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