Defence, intelligence cooperation with U.S. suspended


"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars, at the same time, they are housing the very terrorists we are fighting...that must change immediately", said Trump.

Pakistan's move comes as the US - now fighting its war on terror in Afghanistan - suspended military aid to Islamabad, accusing it of harboring terrorists who attack foreign troops in Afghanistan.

Lat month, the United States froze a $255-million military aid to Pakistan, accusing the country of resorting to "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for $33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

The newspaper pointed out that the flow of money to the region from the United States had shrunk in recent years, and "Pakistan is not almost as reliant on U.S. assistance as it has been in the past".

But statements from senior US officials indicate that despite these limitations, the administration is serious in its stance that Pakistan needs to change its behavior.

The briefing comes as the U.S. in recent days stepped up efforts to put pressure on Pakistan to do more to combat terrorism.

The Spokesperson said that the Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's remarks about the tweet by the US President Donald Trump must be seen in a perspective.

Responding to a question, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said that both Pakistan and the United States continue to communication with each other on various issues of mutual interests at different levels.He pointed out that Pakistan has been facilitating the U.S. led mission in Afghanistan through air and ground lines of communication for the last sixteen years.

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"We shall not stop in our endeavors to root out terrorism, no matter what the cost", said Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) in a recent statement.

Historically, Pakistan has faced the same type of criticism before regarding its counterterrorism efforts and providing of "safe havens" to terrorists from the past two White House administrations, with the Pakistani government staunchly refusing to ramp up their operational tempo when accused of aiding the Taliban's efforts.

The US has been clear on this issue to Pakistan, Goldstein said.

The Pakistani response comes after United States president Donald Trump's statement on January 1, in which he accused Pakistan of being a "safe haven to the terrorists".

"The United States has tuned Afghanistan into another Vietnam as it needs a scapegoat".

The US has long alleged that Pakistan was "providing sanctuaries to the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network", which are blamed for attacks on the US-led foreign and Afghan forces.

This is still a goodwill gesture by Pakistan at a time when the USA and its allies are still facing serious security challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan's security cooperation is vital to the US success in Afghanistan.