After US Threats, Russia and China Support Pakistan

US President Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump

In his strongest attack against Pakistan yet, Trump in his first tweet of the year on New Year's Day also appeared to suggest he could cut off foreign aid to Pakistan.

"History teaches us not to blindly trust the United States", Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif tweeted, as he recounted Pakistan's efforts in aiding the its so-called "war on terror".

On Monday, he tweeted that the United States had "foolishly" given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the last 15 years and had gotten nothing in return but "lies & deceit".

"They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan", Haley told reporters at the United Nations headquarters in NY.

The Trump administration told Congress in August it was weighing whether to withhold $255 million in earmarked aid to Islamabad over its failure to crack down more effectively on terror groups in Pakistan.

Read the whole story from Business Insider. In a series of tweets, Asif spoke about Pakistanis" sacrifices and said "history teaches us not to blindly trust the US'. Though Pakistan hit back saying it had cooperated with the United States as an anti-terror ally and helped in decimating Al-Qaeda over the years, the response is not convincing because it does not reflect the ground realities.

In a series of tweets late Wednesday, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif condemned the USA and the cost of the war on terror fought in Afghanistan since 2001.

On Wednesday night, Ghafoor told local Geo TV that Pakistan wants to continue cooperation with the USA but will not "compromise on national interests and prestige". The Pakistani minister had earlier questioned the figure of $33 billion in aid Trump quoted in his tweets.

How much of an impact the move would have is not clear, with one expert warning that it could be ineffective and a former Pakistani diplomat telling The National it doesn't go far enough.

Hamdullah Mohib, Afghanistan's ambassador in Washington, said in a Twitter posting that Trump's tweet was a "promising message to Afghans who have suffered at the hands of terrorists based in Pakistan for far too long". "The global community should acknowledge that", Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said here when asked about Trump's criticism of Pakistan.

Islamabad denied the charges and called them an attempt to scapegoat it for what it called the "failure" of the USA military mission in Afghanistan.

Before his departure for the capital, he fired angry tweets at Iran and Pakistan, slamming Islamabad for "lies & deceit" and saying the country had played USA leaders for "fools", a reference to frustrations that Pakistan isn't doing enough to control militants.

On Monday, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told the Pakistani TV network Geo: "We have already told the USA that we will not do more, so Trump's "no more" does not hold any importance".

A U.S. National Security Council official meanwhile confirmed that the U.S. does not plan to distribute the funds 'at this time'. Afghan Taliban militants control a large chunk of the country, the most since the USA -led invasion in 2001. Pakistani leaders issue boilerplate denials that they provide militants safe haven, yet continue the tacit support.

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