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

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

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

Asif declared that U.S. have suffered huge losses in Afghanistan.

Pakistan's defense minister, Khurram Dastgir-Khan, quickly responded with his own Twitter bomb, insisting Pakistan has taken numerous actions to help the United States in is fight against terrorists - including with intelligence that "decimated" al-Qaida.

"They can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

"There are clear reasons for this".

"Pakistan has played a double game for years", Haley said. After all, they have a long history of helping us combat terrorism with one hand, while supporting and fostering extremists with the other. "We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism".

On Monday, Trump said the USA had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but "lies & deceit". "No more!" the president tweeted. The foreign ministry Monday night summoned the U.S. Ambassador to protest and seek an explanation.

Relations with Washington have been strained for years over Islamabad's alleged support for Haqqani network militants, who are allied with the Afghan Taliban.

Washington has long accused Pakistan, especially its security institutions, of turning ignoring or covertly helping the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani terrorist network to stage cross-border attacks against Afghan and US -led forces.

In 2016, Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was killed by a USA drone strike inside Pakistan and in 2011, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was found and killed by US troops in the garrison town of Abbottabad.

Of this, $8.2 billion was security-related, according to a paper tracking United States assistance to Pakistan by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a non-partisan body that works for U.S. congress.

Speaking during a meeting here on Thursday of the Parliamentary Committee on National Security, the Foreign Minister said the Trump administration disregarded the facts presented by Pakistan about the situation in Afghanistan. The meeting, which lasted almost three hours, was brought forward by a day and followed an earlier meeting of army generals.

The U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, David Hale, was called to meet with senior officials at the foreign ministry after Trump's tweet.

It rejected as "completely incomprehensible" recent statements and articulation by the American leadership for contradicting "facts manifestly, struck with great insensitivities" at the trust between Pakistan and the USA built over generations.

Pakistan has criticized and noted with "deep disappointment" charges contained in a New Year tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump and said Islamabad could not be held responsible for the "collective failure" in Afghanistan. We have taken Jerusalem, the toughest part of the negotiation, off the table, but Israel, for that, would have had to pay more.

Speaking earlier with BBC Urdu, Khan said Washington ought to "prefer" cooperation over confrontation, noting that half of Pakistan's airspace and land routes were still open to the USA - and without them, its ability to operate in Afghanistan would be greatly diminished.

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