Pakistan Rejects Trump's Criticism, Says It Can't Be Blamed for 'Collective Failure'

70 per cent Pakistan viewed US as enemy nation but the aid flowed

Pakistan Rejects Trump's Criticism, Says It Can't Be Blamed for 'Collective Failure'

Trump's aid figure apparently comes from the Congressional Research Office, which says that Pakistan received nearly $34 billion from the U.S.in the form of military aid and equipment between 2002 and 2018.

Pakistani UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi responded that her country's fight against terrorism is not based on any consideration of aid but on national interests and principles.

Terrorist exploitation of outside sanctuaries is viewed by Gen. John W. Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, as the single greatest threat to the USA -led coalition campaign there, according to the Defense Department's biannual country report, released last month.

The tweet on Monday comes in the aftermath of heightened tensions between Washington and Islamabad since the summer, when the United States president announced his administration's national security strategy for Afghanistan.

Pakistan's top military and national security leaders called an emergency meeting of the country's National Security Council, chaired by Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, to publicly condemn the US actions.

Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Wilson Center's South Asia program, said suspension of USA security assistance to Pakistan would not torpedo relations but it was a significant step backward.

The summit comes as demonstrators took to the streets of Karachi to protest Trump and the U.S.

Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan echoed Asif's defiant tone during an interview on Thursday, vowing a "cold-blooded response" to Washington's stated intention to withhold $255 million in aid to Pakistan, as cited by RIA Novosti.

President Donald Trump followed that up with a threat to stop all aid, stating that the USA has paid Pakistan $33 billion over the past 15 years in return for mere "lies & deceit".

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The administration first started a "temporary withholding" of the funds, part of a $1.1 billion aid package authorized in 2016 by Congress, in August.

Former Afghan prime minister Gulbuddin Hekmatyar said on Friday that the cause of the United States anger is not lack of cooperation from Pakistan but the formation of a hostile front against the US.

He recalled that meeting held on the sidelines of last year's 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif and Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov had discussed ways to strengthen Pak-Russia relations.

"America is frustrated over defeat in Afghanistan". He further stated that Pakistan left its sources running dry for the sake of the war on terrorism that the U.S. required the nation to fight.

In a seething series of tweets, Pakistan's foreign minister ripped into Trump's accusation that Islamabad has double-crossed the United States in Afghanistan, noting that Pakistan "went through a bloodbath" after "blindly" trusting Washington.

Thousands of US and coalition forces in Afghanistan still rely mostly on ground and air routes through neighboring Pakistan for receiving vital supplies.

"The global community should fully recognize this", he added.

But U.S. and Afghan officials have long accused Pakistan of assisting the Taliban and harboring the group in border areas, where fighters can rest, rearm and regroup.

They note that current tensions with Russian Federation and Iran leave the Trump administration with nearly no options but to rely on Pakistani supply routes to sustain the Afghan military mission.

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