Pakistan court frees anti-US cleric amid spat with Trump

Erika Holt
January 12, 2018

The minister of defense in Pakistan, Khurram Dastgir Khan said that there was a full field of cooperation between the U.S. and Pakistan on issues relating to intelligence and joint military efforts and that Islamabad had not suspended the aid.

United States president Trump has previously said that Pakistan had shown no form of appreciation to the USA after receiving military and civilian aid of over $15 billion.

"We have suspended the full-scale cooperation of our defense ministries and intelligence departments". In the said incident, the marauding troops dragged the driver out from the vehicle and shot the passengers in cold blood, killing 20 innocent people on the spot, after which the troopers started spraying gun powder, petrol and kerosene on the surrounding buildings and torched them too leading to more deaths and grievous injuries. "We would like Pakistan to come to the table and assist us in this effort", he said adding that the suspension of security aid is not a cutoff and no funds have been reprogrammed.

Military and security funds being cut off to Pakistan for their alleged harboring of terrorists from the Haqqani network - one of the most unsafe insurgent groups in Afghanistan - comes after months of President Donald Trump accusing Islamabad of maintaining close relationships with the Afghan Taliban. It means that an earlier promised repayment of 900 million United States dollars from Washington to Islamabad has suddenly cancelled.

The American embassy in Islamabad has denied claims by the Pakistani government that they had suspended any form of intelligence and military cooperation with the Trump administration.

Welcoming the participants, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif stated that the briefing had been arranged to inform the diplomatic corps about the massive counterterrorism efforts that Pakistan had undertaken in the last 16 years, more so the developments in the last 4 years.

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Days after the controversial tweet, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced that Washington would withhold 255 million U.S. dollars in assistance to Pakistan from the Foreign Military Financing (FMF) fund, which is used to provide military equipment and training to friendly countries.

In his Tuesday speech, Pakistani Defense Minister Khan also reminded the United States it needs Pakistan in its fight against terrorism in Afghanistan. "Logistics trump strategy", he said. Tensions between the United States and Russian Federation have been high since Russian Federation was accused of meddling in the latest US presidential elections.

"Pakistan has not run out of options but it should take more steps if the US keeps on taking action against Pakistan", he added.

The US has been clear on this issue to Pakistan, Goldstein said.

Public accusations by Trump and other USA officials were not taken well in Pakistan and political watchers and senior media personnel have slammed the US move.

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