Pakistan, US at crossroad following Trump's fresh accusations

Saturday, 06 Jan, 2018

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

China came out forcefully in defence of Pakistan's anti-terrorism efforts after US President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of sheltering terrorists. "Meanwhile, we are happy to see Pakistan and other countries conducting cooperation based on mutual respect including anti-terror cooperation, and working hand in hand to maintain regional peace and stability". 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.

Al Jazeera broke down USA aid to Pakistan since the War on Terror began: "Since 2001, the US has appropriated $33 billion to Pakistan, according to official USA figures, sourced from the Congressional Research Service".

He said the war in Afghanistan can not be fought in Pakistan and "we need to find a peaceful solution to the issue".

Just three days after Trump's Tweet, the White House has confirmed suspending 255 million USA dollars of military aid to Pakistan, according to local reports on Wednesday.

"Pakistan has made enormous efforts and sacrifice for the fight against terrorism and has made very outstanding contribution to the global cause of counter-terrorism".

The former diplomat who hosted Trump as the candidate for his first major foreign policy speech called for suspension of economic assistance to Pakistan, holding Pakistan accountable before regional and global organizations in association with India and Afghanistan.

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.

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 USA -led forces.

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

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.

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 United States aid.

Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor told local Geo TV Wednesday that the country would like to continue working with the US but will not "compromise on national interests and prestige".

"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".

On Tuesday evening, Trump tweeted again about Pakistan, but also lashed out similarly at Palestinians, saying: "It's not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others".

"It is impossible to compensate the losses we have suffered", he proclaimed, adding, "We lost 70,000 lives in America's war". The US president vowed to stop providing financial aid for Pakistan.

The ambassador said the USA should not shift the blame for their own mistakes and failures onto others. "President Trump has put Pakistan on notice", Pence had told American troops at the Bagram Airfield.