Haley: US withholding $255M in aid from Pakistan

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"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion Dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools", Trump said, adding that "they give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

On Monday, Trump said the USA had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but "lies & deceit". "We know that Pakistan can do more to fight terrorism, and we want them to step up and do that", she said recently.

His criticism instantly provoked strong condemnation and reaction from Pakistani politicians and commentators.

Meanwhile, extraordinary secrecy was seen late Monday night at the Foreign Office when there were strict orders from Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua to ensure that news about her summoning of the American Ambassador David Hale to the Foreign Office did not make it to the public domain.

It is not clear whether the army issued the statement in anticipation of some possible unilateral action against Pakistan.

There is no organised presence of terrorists on Pakistani soil, he said, adding that the reduced number of drone attacks is a proof of this. A decision on $400 million in Coalition Support Fund - reimbursement of expenses to Pakistan related to Afghan war - for the year 2017 is also pending.

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At a top security meeting on Tuesday, Pakistan's civilian and military leadership said Trump's tweet ran counter to meetings held with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis following the August announcement of Trump's Afghan policy.

It accused the USA of scapegoating Pakistan for its own failure to bring peace to Afghanistan. Analysts still rule out a complete breakdown in relations between Islamabad and Washington.

He added that Pakistan considered US' enemies as its own time and again, and rendered services relentlessly.

The routes were restored only after Washington issued apologies for mistakenly hitting the Pakistani posts.

"We are allies and a war can not be fought with allies", he said.

Pakistan has expressed "deep disappointment" over the U.S. statements, saying the accusations strike with "great insensitivity" at the trust between the two countries. Asif insisted that Trump "can hire a U.S. based Audit firm on our expense to verify this figure & let the world know who is lying & deceiving".

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The last Coalition Support Funds were paid to Pakistan in March past year , provided under defense spending legislation for 2016. She told reporters that until Pakistan takes "decisive action" against those groups, security assistance was suspended.

But a sizable portion of the payments under CSF are tied to Pakistan's actions against terrorism - specifically the Haqqani Network, an Afghan Taliban affiliate - that must be certified by the administration for congress to clear the bill.

He complained that since the al-Qaeda attacks on the American homeland on September 11, 2001, the United States has continuously requested that Pakistan "do more" to combat terrorism.

Afghanistan and rival India praised Trump for blaming Pakistan.

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

"Pakistan has made tremendous efforts and sacrifices in combating terrorism and made outstanding contributions to the global anti-terrorism cause", said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang in Beijing. Pakistan has increasingly turned for economic support to northern neighbour China, which is investing tens of billions in transportation links and power generation as it extends its strategic footprint across Asia.

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