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White House: Pakistan Needs to 'Step Up' in Terror Fight

13 January 2018

"Pakistan has played a double game for years.They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan".

Relations between the United States and Pakistan have deteriorated since the Trump administration began taking a hard line on Afghanistan a year ago. Nevertheless the spirit of Trump's remarks is on the mark.

Ms Haley accused Pakistan of playing "a double game for years".

Asif added that Pakistan did not need U.S. aid. Analysts here say U.S. is mounting pressure on Pakistan as it has firmed up an alliance with Beijing by allowing heavy Chinese investments in the strategic CPEC corridor providing China access to the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean.

The Pakistani Prime Minister was chairing a National Security Committee meeting with a number of government officials present.

Urging greater cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against "terrorism", she said Trump "is willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding for Pakistan".

The Afghan-born Khalilzad served as the USA ambassador to the United Nations under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama from 2007 to 2009.

Although the volume of annual U.S. assistance to Pakistan stands at $1.1 billion, hundreds of millions of dollars are withheld every year under different restrictions imposed since 2011, when relations between the two countries began to deteriorate after Osama bin Laden was found in Abbottabad.

The Trump administration has already made a decision to withhold United States dollars 225 million military aid to Pakistan.

This anxious Indian officials who had hoped Trump would be taking a stronger stance on Pakistan.

At that time, President Hassan Rouhani slammed Trump for his comments, saying that those who call Iranians terrorists have absolutely no moral right to pose as defenders of their rights.

It may not be enough of a cudgel to get Pakistan to change its ways. But it's hard to justify sending hundreds of millions of dollars in anti-terrorism aid to a country that continues to give shelter to terrorist groups. "Pakistanis have spent billions of rupees and sacrificed the lives of many soldiers for the war on terror", which "impacted the whole world and wasn't just" some local conflict. But the right way to frame the rationale is to flip it around.

The war in Afghanistan, America's longest ever, is far from over.

In 2016, Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was killed by a United States drone strike inside Pakistan and in 2011, Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. troops in the garrison town of Abbottabad.

Imran stressed that the United States president was not aware of the realities in Afghanistan and the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan. They aren't a combat force.

Nemesis may finally be catching up with Pakistan for pursuing a dangerously duplicitous policy on terrorism. "We can review our cooperation if it is not appreciated".

The Committee added that the president's comments "negated the decades of sacrifices made by the Pakistani nation - a nation that has contributed so significantly to regional and global security and peace". Freezing the aid sends a stronger message.

White House: Pakistan Needs to 'Step Up' in Terror Fight