United States weighs withholding $255m in aid to Pakistan

United States weighs withholding $255m in aid to Pakistan

United States weighs withholding $255m in aid to Pakistan

Pakistan, a close ally of the USA for 70 long years, vowed to respond soon and tell the world "the truth".

There had already been rumours that the Trump administration was planning to block about $255 million in aid to Pakistan.

Earlier, Trump tweeted that the United States "foolishly" gave aid to Pakistan over the course of 15 years but Islamabad remained deceitful by providing safe havens to "terrorists" from Afghanistan.

"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years", Trump tweeted Monday morning, "and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools". He further accused Islamabad of harbouring the terrorists that the U.S. was hunting in neighbouring Afghanistan. Will let the world know the truth.

There was no immediate reaction in Kabul and New Delhi which have repeatedly accused Islamabad of harbouring and arming terrorists ranged against the two countries.

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Islamabad routinely denies such charges. "They have to help".

The New York Times reported on December 29 that the Trump administration was "strongly considering" whether to withhold $255 million in aid to Pakistan.

"[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".

The US did not contemplate stopping all aid to Pakistan even after US commandos raided the hideout of fugitive Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden near Rawalpindi, killed him and flew back with his body.

The US administration continues to review Pakistan's level of cooperation, the official said.

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