A Game of Chicken With Pakistan

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif | Nicolas Asfouri  AFP via Getty Images

Pakistan has "contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting global terrorism", alleged Lodhi, noting that Islamabad's role in the war against jihadist groups is not contingent upon USA aid but, rather, "national interests and principles".

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders declined to say whether an announcement was imminent. "They need to better earn, essentially, the money that we have provided in the past in foreign military assistance, they need to show that they are honest in their efforts to crack down on terrorists".

A day later, the White House said that it has suspended $255 million financial security assistance to Pakistan as mandated by Congress in its 2016 budget.

"The administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to Pakistan", Haley said at a press conference.

The statement further said that it was mostly because of this endeavor, Pakistan was suffering a brutal backlash, including the killing of hundreds of its schoolchildren by terrorists based in Afghanistan, adding that Pakistan can not be held responsible for the collective failure in Afghanistan.

Mosharraf Zaidi, former advisor to the Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in local reports that Pakistan's land route is still important for the us operations in Afghanistan as it has opted for troops surge. "Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the U.S. aid that it has received", Asif told Geo TV in an interview published on Monday, adding that Pakistan did not want U.S. aid. "There are several occasions where Pakistan has sided with the US".

"Trump is disappointed at the US defeat in Afghanistan and that is the only reason he is flinging accusations at Pakistan".

Pakistan is firmly supporting and facilitating the US -led worldwide efforts in Afghanistan through "vital lines of communications" for smooth counterterrorism operations in the neighboring country, according to the statement.

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Responding to the oft-repeated allegations, Maj Gen Ghafoor, the military's media wing chief, said Pakistan had taken action against the Haqqani network.

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.

According to the Express Tribune, Pakistan has already made a decision to reconsider its ties to the United States and "adopt a tough stance" following Trump's comments.

The two countries, he added, maintain an "all-weather strategic partnership" and China intends to further deepen its cooperation with Pakistan in all fields.

Asif declared that United States have suffered huge losses in Afghanistan. Pakistan has plenty of tools to respond to further US coercive measures including closing the G-LOCS and A-LOCS [ground and air lines of communications], ratcheting up the temperature on the Afghan border, and reducing intelligence cooperation. A few days ago, CENTCOM commander General Voetel said that the USA was attempting quiet discussions rather than public messaging to Pakistan.

"A balanced response is needed that would preserve the country's dignity while engaging with the U.S.", Sadiq said. "The administration seems to have done a U-turn on this approach so trust in these quiet communication mechanisms will atrophy", he said.

He added that Pakistan considered US' enemies as its own time and again, and rendered services relentlessly. "But if the pressure tactics fail, stability in Afghanistan could worsen, and the USA war effort in Afghanistan will grow even more complicated than it already is", said Mr. Kugelman.

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