Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid, says it harbors terrorists

Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid, says it harbors terrorists

Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid, says it harbors terrorists

The U.S. has long accused Istanbul of allowing militants to operate relatively freely in Pakistan's border regions to carry out operations in neighbouring Afghanistan.

A few months ago, Trump declared that Pakistan "gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror".

"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools", he wrote.

It was not immediately clear what had prompted the president to comment on Pakistan. NBC News could not confirm that report.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said he would respond to the US President's tweet shortly after the latter blamed the country for providing safe havens to terrorists. "TIME FOR CHANGE!" Trump tweeted.

As part of that, the United States has been giving Pakistan aid in the form of money as well as weapons and technology - often at subsidised costs - to combat terrorism on its soil.

"[Pakistan] as anti-terror ally has given free to U.S.: land & air communication, military bases & intel cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16yrs, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust", Pakistan's defense minister, Khurram Dastgir-Khan, said on Twitter. "We don't need your aid, our sacrifices should be acknowledged".

President Donald Trump suggested on Monday he would cut off foreign aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of harboring violent extremists and lying about it.

There had been hopes in Pakistan than Coleman's successful rescue might see a turning-point in relations, with Trump calling it a "positive moment".

In November, the White House condemned the release of US -wanted militant Hafiz Saeed and said a refusal to re-arrest him would damage bilateral ties.

Earlier in October, India and the United States asked Pakistan to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure operating from its soil, asserting that terror havens inside that country would not be tolerated.

Trump said Sunday that the stock market will continue to rise and that companies are going to continue to come into the US, at "a rapid clip".

Efforts by Pakistani leaders to oust terrorists were also criticized by Trump's predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

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