Foreign relations of Pakistan and America are of immense importance for both of the countries but the recent statement passed by the American President Donald Trump seems to have serious implications.
Trump in his recent statement declared that USA will stop giving financial aid to Pakistan. In his recent statement he sad Pakistan harbors safe heavens for terrorist and US government was considering withholding $255 million aid to Pakistan.
After Trump’s verbal onslaught on Pakistan’s dignity Pakistan foreign minister Khawaja Asif called on prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, according to Pakistani media report. “The meeting held a detailed review of the Trump’s statement,” reported by a private media channel. The two government high officials discussed the foreign policy of country.
” We will respond to president Trump’s tweet shortly inshallah…Will let the world know the truth..difference between facts & fiction..,” Asif tweeted.
In November Pakistan released master mind of Mumbai attack Hafiz saeed and US government had strongly condemned the release of JuD chief. US government demanded re arrest of JuD chief warning that there would be consequences for the bilateral relations if Pakistan don’t take any action against Jud chief.
“We can no longer be silent about Pakistan’s safe havens for terrorist organisations, the Taliban, and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. Pakistan has much to gain from partnering with our effort in Afghanistan. It has much to lose by continuing to harbor criminals and terrorists,” Trump had said in his South Asia Policy speech.
Trump blamed Pakistan before on failure of US forces in Afghanistan “We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately,” Trump had said accusing Pakistan of providing shelter to terrorist outfits.
Pakistan refused to accept the allegations of Trump by saying that there are no safe heavens for terrorist in its territory. Pakistan officials in Islamabad and inside United Nations in the New York assured that there are no such heavens in Pakistan.
US Vice President Mike Pence in his surprise visit to Afghanistan before Christmas, had issued a warning to Pakistan, for using non state actors against its two neighbors India and Afghanistan.
“For too long Pakistan has provided safe haven to the Taliban and many terrorist organisations, but those days are over,” Pence told American troops at the Bagram airbase in Afghanistan where he made an unannounced trip on December 21. “President Trump has put Pakistan on notice,” he had said.
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