Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Pakistanis put Trump back in his place after 'No More' tweet

Pakistanis put Trump back in his place after 'No More' tweet

President Donald Trump signaled Monday that he was prepared to cut off aid to Pakistan if the country failed to cooperate with the US.

While some have shared Trump's tweets, many in Iran distrust him as he's refused to re-certify the nuclear deal and because his travel bans have blocked Iranians from getting USA visas. He added that he planned to return to Washington Monday afternoon, with "much work to be done".

Regarding the US President's claims of giving billions in aid to Pakistan, he said: "The claim by Trump regarding the funds, if we account for it, they include reimbursements too for the services rendered by Pakistan".

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

Last week, The New York Times reported that the Trump administration was seriously weighing whether to withhold $255 million in already delayed aid to Islamabad over its failure to better crack down on terror groups in Pakistan.

In October, Pakistan seemingly heard the call - launching a raid on the Taliban-tied Haqqani network.

"I haven't seen any change yet in their behavior", U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, told reporters in November after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers meeting in Brussels.

Trump said in laying out his national security strategy on December 18 that "while we desire continue partnership [with Pakistan], we must see decisive action against terrorist groups operating on their territory".

The US had considered Pakistan an ally in its fight against terrorism ever since the September 11 terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Centre in NY in 2011. "The United States has been very clear about the direction we want to go, and we hope to see some change in the coming weeks and months".

This is the strongest attack that has come from the United States president. Many took out time to remind Trump of the sacrifices the country has made in the US' war on terror. "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately".

Islamabad has repeatedly denied the accusations of turning a blind eye to militancy, lambasting the United States for ignoring the thousands who have been killed on its soil and the billions spent fighting extremists.

The president has also expressed concern about relationship between Pakistan and India, nuclear-capable rivals. Trump has previously lauded Pakistan's leaders.

According to the Express Tribune, Pakistan's foreign office on Monday summoned the USA envoy to lodge its protest against the tweet.

However, the New York Times reported Friday that Pakistan had refused to allow us access to a militant captured in October during the rescue operation for American hostage Caitlan Coleman and her family. "They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis", the Defence Ministry of Pakistan said.

Pakistani officials, though, have refused to hand over one of the militants responsible for abducting the family.

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