Pakistan should do more to fight terror

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2018

Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Asif gave an emotional response to US President Donald Trump for accusing his country of "lies and deceit". The government in Islamabad gives "safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help", the USA president stated, adding: "No more!".

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahif Khaqan Abbasi is due to host a cabinet meeting that would focus on Trump's accusations on Tuesday, while country's top security officials would consider USA ties on the next day.

The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Geng Shuang, asked during a regular briefing about Trump's tweet, did not mention the USA but said: "We have said many times that Pakistan has put forth great effort and made great sacrifices in combating terrorism".

A Geo News report has quoted Asif as saying, "We have already told the United States that we will not do more, so Trump's "no more" does not hold any importance".

Pakistan's defense minister slammed Trump's Monday tweet, saying the us has given Pakistan "nothing but invective & mistrust". "That game is not acceptable to this administration", she said in a news conference.

Within hours, the Pakistan Defence Ministry fired back alleging that it has got "nothing but invective and mistrust" for all the actions it took in support of America's war against terrorism.

The bilateral relations have faced multiple crises over the years over US charges Pakistan was not doing enough to curb Islamist terrorism fueling the conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan complains Washington does not appreciate its efforts or the strains the global war on terror have placed on the country.

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Pakistan on Tuesday summoned the U.S. envoy to register its protest after president Trump's tweet.

Pakistan has been playing a "double game" for years on fighting terrorism, the U.S. has said and made it clear that Islamabad will have to "earn" American aid worth millions of dollars by taking decisive action against militants operating from its soil.

It was not immediately clear what had prompted the president to comment on Pakistan. Washington clarifies that the aid is suspended until Pakistan takes some decisive action against the terrorism.

Hitting back at the United States, the Foreign Office warned against a "malicious campaign" being used to trivialise Pakistan's achievements in the war against terrorism, and noted that "allies do not put each other on notice". He further went on to say, "We are ready to publicly provide details of the United States aid that has been received by the country".

Earlier, Trump, yet again, castigated Pakistan for providing safe havens to terrorists.

The U.S. has repeatedly called on Pakistan to crack down on extremists in its border regions, including militants in the Taliban-linked Haqqani network, and warned in August that it was withholding millions of dollars in military assistance.

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