White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday that more details about actions against Pakistan would be forthcoming.
The Haqqani Network operates in Afghanistan from safe havens across the border in Pakistan, targeting US-led global coalition forces. Initially vague information on how much money and materiel was being withheld suggested the primary goal was to substantiate President Donald Trump's surprising New Year's Day tweet that accused Pakistan of playing US leaders for "fools".
Trump's tweet, his first of 2018, said that the United States had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years, "and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools". "The president is simply following through on a commitment that he made, because this is a president who does what he says he's going to do", she said. "They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan, Pakistan", she said in NY.
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Asif added that all financial aid from the United States had been "properly audited" and that "services [were] rendered".
However, he said, in case the U.S. took action against Pakistan, it would be responded to in accordance with the aspirations of the Pakistani people.
The committee expressed "deep disappointment" over the USA president's comments.
Pakistan's former ambassador Ayaz Wazir to Afghanistan said the use of language by Trump is not expected of a person in that high position and also of an independent and sovereign state.
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Even by repeating old accusations, Trump has done Islamabad a massive favor by making Pakistan his first subject of choice in the new year in a rhetoric-filled rant on Twitter - a medium where the USA president comes across more as an obsessive, badmouthed troll than a world leader.
He went on to add that Pakistan and China are all weather partners and, "China will continue to deepen cooperation in various areas with Pakistan and benefit the two people".
Responding to the oft-repeated allegations, Maj Gen Ghafoor, the military's media wing chief, said Pakistan had taken action against the Haqqani network. As such, total USA aid allocated to Pakistan-both civilian and military-since 2001 is $19.354 billion. Incendiary rhetoric will be matched in kind, especially during an election year. A few days ago, CENTCOM commander General Voetel said that the US was attempting quiet discussions rather than public messaging to Pakistan. He said Pakistan could fall back on Saudi Arabia and China for military supplies, but it still depends on the US for certain types of high-end equipment. "If the US escalates in kinetic terms with drone strikes outside the established zones, Pakistan can escalate in kind and attempt to shoot down some drones", said Mr. Lalwani. "The administration seems to have done a U-turn on this approach so trust in these quiet communication mechanisms will atrophy", he said.
Al Jazeera broke down USA aid to Pakistan since the War on Terror began: "Since 2001, the US has appropriated $33 billion to Pakistan, according to official USA figures, sourced from the Congressional Research Service".
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Hussain added that Trump's comments demonstrate "U.S. frustration at not achieving any stability in Afghanistan after more than 16 years of conflict".