The US on Wednesday hoped that Pakistan would demonstrate its willingness to aggressively confront terror groups that operate from its soil, amid reports that Islamabad has suspended Intelligence cooperation with America after the Trump administration froze military aid to it.
After much criticism from the Trump administration, the government of Pakistan has chose to cease all military and intelligence cooperation with the United States, according to Pakistani defence minister Khurram Dastgir Khan.
He said Pakistan's support to the U.S. has been critical in dealing with the challenges of terrorism in the region.
"We would like Pakistan to come to the table and assist us in this effort", he said adding that the suspension of security aid is not a cutoff and no funds have been reprogrammed.
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Except India, all ambassadors and heads of missions stationed in the federal capital were invited at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the briefing arranged to dispel repeated allegations against Pakistan that it was not doing enough in the fight against terrorism and that it had spared some groups like the Haqqani network in its war against militancy.
Munir Ahmad, Op-Ed Writer at the Daily Times newspaper said Trump's tweet vilifying Pakistan is a terribly odd message that shows the frustration of a person who heads a drowning super power.
The statement comes days after Trump administration blocked the $255 million military aid to Pakistan.
The already tense relations between the USA and Pakistan further deteriorated after Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on January 1, that Pakistan "gives safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".
Reports also suggested that the USA decision to block aid to Pakistan could affect about 2 billion US dollars worth of assistance.
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Asif made the latest claims during a meeting with the foreign diplomats which was organized in reaction to the recent U.S. moves for blocking the security aid to Pakistan.
Pakistan blocked the US & NATO troop supply route for months after a 2011 attack by NATO air force accidentally hit two Pakistani check posts, killing more than two dozen Pakistani soldiers.
In a Sunday interview with CBS's Face the Nation, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said "the president has made very clear that he needs Pakistan to cease being a safe haven for terrorists that threaten the United States of America. End".
Islamabad had earlier showed restraint despite allegations by the US leaders and aid suspension but the defense minister's statement could be seen an indication that his country will be forced to make decision in its national interests. "Security funding and pending deliveries will be frozen, but not cancelled or reprogrammed at this time".
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