U.S. to announce specific actions against Pakistan


"No amount of coercion can dictate us how to continue", he said.

"The U.S. president's remarks about $33 billion in aid reflect his immaturity and narrow-mindedness; the entire nation should demonstrate that we stand united to foil any designs against Pakistan", he said.

Of this, $8.2 billion was security-related, according to a paper tracking U.S. assistance to Pakistan by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), a non-partisan body that works for United States congress. He reiterated that Pakistan will not compromise on its territorial integrity at any cost and that while the country is ready to resolve issues via bilateral means, it will not do so at the stake prestige. At a time when Beijing itself is wary of Pakistan's security situation with the future of multiple China-Pakistan Economic Corridor projects at stake, this joint effort is likely to yield more positive results for Islamabad.

"We believe as neighbours, China, Pakistan and Afghanistan are closely linked not only geographically but also in terms of common interests".

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.

"We know that Pakistan can do more to fight and stop terrorism and we want them to step up and do that".

The United States accused Pakistan on Tuesday of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain USA aid.

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.

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This moral high ground, gifted on a platter by Trump, will further give Islamabad the fodder to accuse New Delhi of interfering in Pakistan and lobbying against it, by rehashing its accusations of the U.S.

Relations with Washington have been strained for years over Islamabad's alleged support for Haqqani network militants, who are allied with the Afghan Taliban.

Mr. Trump's tweet does not indicate a shift in policy, as the previous Obama administration had come to same conclusion about Pakistan, while the undiplomatic rhetoric could backfire, said several experts who spoke to The Hindu.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, a spokesman for the Pakistani Army, added that USA aid to Pakistan has been "reimbursement for support Islamabad gave to the coalition for its fight against Al Qaeda".

The ambassador said the USA should not shift the blame for their own mistakes and failures onto others.

On Tuesday evening, Trump tweeted again about Pakistan, but also lashed out similarly at Palestinians, saying: "It's not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others".

Several news outlets report that Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi will hold a cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss Trump's threats and accusations, and another meeting with his National Security Committee (NSC)-which includes leaders of the army, navy, and air force, as well as intelligence chiefs and other ministers-to discuss "deteriorating USA ties". "President Trump has put Pakistan on notice", Pence had told American troops at the Bagram Airfield. "Past U.S. withholding of assistance has been matched by declines in cooperation and U.S. -Pakistan relations".