USA weighs withholding $255m in aid to Pakistan

Trump administration to continue to withhold military aid to Pakistan

"We will respond to President Trump's tweet shortly inshallah.Will let the world know the truth.difference between facts & fiction.", Asif tweeted.

Raising pressure on Pakistan, Trump in August, unveiled a new USA strategy for the war in Afghanistan aimed at defeating the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network, an affiliated group that operates in Pakistan.

"The US has foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools", he tweeted in his strongest denunciation of Islamabad. He further accused Islamabad of harbouring the terrorists that the U.S. was hunting in neighbouring Afghanistan.

"Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the USA aid that it has received over the last 15 years", the minister said.

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

USA officials told the newspaper that the Americans demanded access to the man who they feel might have valuable information about the whereabouts of at least one other American hostage.

"We have made it clear to Pakistan that while we desire continued partnership, we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory", Trump had said. Pakistan routinely denies such accusations, charging instead India and Afghanistan with trying to destabilize it. "They have to help". His remarks came days after the New York Times reported that the USA is considering withholding United States dollars 225 million in aid to Pakistan reflecting its dissatisfaction with the latter's reluctance in the war against terrorism. "We don't need your aid, our sacrifices should be acknowledged".

"[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", Pakistan's defense minister, Khurram Dastgir-Khan, said on Twitter. "Had we not supported the USA and Afghanistan, they would never have been able to defeat Al Qaeda".

The US administration continues to review Pakistan's level of cooperation, the official said.



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