President Donald Trump kicked off 2018 by railing against Pakistan and Iran in two early-morning tweets Monday, accusing Pakistan of taking U.S. aid while providing "safe haven" to terrorists. Her comments came shortly after Mr Trump's tweet accusing Islamabad of "lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".
Pakistan's defense minister slammed Trump's Monday tweet, saying the USA has given Pakistan "nothing but invective & mistrust". "The decision to block aid is connected to Pakistan's harbouring of terrorists", the top American diplomat said.
Unveiling his new South Asia policy in August, Trump had warned of tougher measures against Pakistan if it failed to cooperate with the USA in the fight against terror. That month was also the first time the administration said it would withhold aid money.
The body said in light of Mr. Trump's comments, Pakistan would not respond "in haste" but instead would remain "committed to playing a constructive role towards an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process".
The Corps Commanders Conference was held at the General Headquarters and discussed input for the National Security Committee meeting.
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What was their crime? "Central government sanctions are the share of taxes we pay and we have the right to receive it. The Congress and the BJP had won 122 and 40 seats respectively in the last assembly polls.
On Thursday, Pakistan's military warned the U.S. against the possibility of taking unilateral action against armed groups on its soil.
She also told the US Ambassador Haley: "We can review our cooperation if it is not appreciated".
Meanwhile, Pakistan has expressed "deep disappointment" over Trump's allegations.
Mr Jitendra Singh, a junior minister in the Indian Prime Minister's Office, said Mr Trump's posturing has "vindicated India's stand as far as terror is concerned and as far as Pakistan's role in perpetrating terrorism is concerned".
Husain Haqqani, Pakistan's former ambassador to the USA between 2008-2011 and director of the South and Central Asia centre at the Hudson Institute, supported the idea of financial pressure on Islamabad to change its behaviour.
In 2017 the White House increased troop levels in Afghanistan to about 14,000, a move some experts have said shows little departure from the strategies the USA has used in the country since the start of the US -led invasion. Doling out more USA money to Pakistan year after year hasn't made its leaders realize that. Khan, who is a cricket superstar in Pakistan and the leader of the political opposition, said Trump was "ignorant and ungrateful".