It's time to end Pakistan's double game, says former United States envoy

It's time to end Pakistan's double game, says former United States envoy

It's time to end Pakistan's double game, says former United States envoy

"No amount of coercion can dictate us how to continue", he said.

That question was also raised at the State Department briefing on Monday when a reporter pointed out that the USA praised Pakistani cooperation in recovery of Canadian-American couple a few months ago and now it is criticising the country. He reiterated that Pakistan will not compromise on its territorial integrity at any cost and that while the country is ready to resolve issues via bilateral means, it will not do so at the stake prestige.

In a CNN appearance, Dr Akbar Ahmed, Pakistan's former ambassador to the United Kingdom, reminded policymakers why it is important for Washington that Islamabad remains on its side.

The Haqqani Network operates in Afghanistan from safe havens across the border in Pakistan, targeting US-led worldwide coalition forces.

Washington has confirmed it will withhold $255 million in USA military aid to Pakistan this year, a threat it issued last August when Trump announced his Afghan policy, which took aim at neighboring Pakistan and demanded an end to Islamabad's alleged support for the Afghan Taliban.

In the most recent verbal attack from Washington, spokesperson of US Department of State - Heather Nauert, said that Pakistan needs to earn the money that is provided by the US.

In response, the Pakistan Army had brushed off speculation that Trump's new strategy could include taking a stronger line against Islamabad, insisting the country has done all it can to tackle militancy.

Instead, the civilian rulers, which are clinging on to the government by the skin of their teeth amidst a military-led Islamist takeover of the country, have not only conducted a national security committee meeting with the same Army leadership but have even summoned the US ambassador to explain Trump's tweet.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time [when] they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting", he said, warning that the vital aid the USA offers to the country could be cut.

Pakistan denies that it provides safe haven to terrorists, often pointing to the operation launched in 2014 to clear groups such as the Haqqani network from the Waziristan border region with Afghanistan.

Officials here insist that Pakistan lost around 70,000 people in the war on terror since 2001 and the country suffered over 120 billion USA dollars during the period.

In his first message on the first day of the New Year, Trump unleashed a volley of allegations against Pakistan, saying the South Asian country has not done enough in return for U.S. aid.

"Let it come", army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor had told reporters, referring to Trump's decision.

"As neighbours linked by rivers and mountains and shared common interests and cultural origins, it's natural and necessary for China, Afghan and Pakistan to conduct cooperation".

Pakistan's National Security Committee, a body that deals with defense issues, said the USA criticism stemmed from Washington's failure to win its 16-year war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and that Pakistan "cannot be held responsible for the collective failure in Afghanistan". "From our bases you carried out 57,800 attacks on Afghanistan. thousands of our civilians and soldiers became victims of the war initiated by you", Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Asif wrote.

"We are driving Pakistan into China's arms. President Trump has put Pakistan on notice", Pence had told American troops at the Bagram Airfield.

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