Tuesday, 23 January, 2018

Anti-US Cleric Freed by Pakistan as Tensions Rise Following Trump Tweets

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Preston Stone | 10 January, 2018, 09:10

"Our expectations are straightforward".

He also added "We stand ready to work with Pakistan to combat terrorist groups without distinction".

The move came after tensions between the USA and Pakistan had risen after President Donald Trump accused the South Asian country of harboring militants and moved to withhold American aid from Islamabad.

When asked to comment on Pakistan's reported move, US Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein said: "We're hopeful for future cooperation from Pakistan".

The State Department announced on January 4 it would be freezing the majority of Washington's security aid to Pakistan, with Trump tweeting that the US had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years and had gotten nothing but "lies & deceit" in return.

However, the minister's claims were denied by the US Embassy in Pakistan, said the Voice of America (VOA).

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Dastagir underscored that without a continuous working level dialogue, no high level interactions could be fruitful and dialogue has to be kept open as long as the United States is fighting the war in Afghanistan.

He said a peaceful and democratic Afghanistan is one of Pakistan's foreign policy priorities."It is very sad that the USA blames Pakistan for supporting terrorist outfits in Afghanistan but it does not even lift a finger in supporting Pakistan for effective border management".

Pompeo further added "We are doing our best to inform the Pakistanis that this is no longer going to be acceptable".

According to a senior State Department official, no decision has been taken on the fate of $255 million security assistance to Pakistan for the fiscal year 2017. Deadline for disbursement of that amount is September 30, 2018, and the U.S. is dangling that and other frozen sums as carrots for Pakistan as it spirals into a financial abyss.

"We have not done anything that's irreversible here".

The U.S. and others have long complained that Pakistan offered safe haven to the Afghan Taliban and their allies, the Haqqani Network, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. -Pakistani tensions due to President Trump's decision to withdraw aid to Pakistan over allegations of harboring Islamic militants.

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