Pakistan fires back at Trump: US has given nothing but 'invective & mistrust'

  • Pakistan fires back at Trump: US has given nothing but 'invective & mistrust'

Pakistan fires back at Trump: US has given nothing but 'invective & mistrust'

During the announcement, the USA president was quick to remind Pakistan of its obligation toward helping America because it receives "massive payments" from Washington every year.

The U.S. has long accused Istanbul of allowing militants to operate relatively freely in Pakistan's border regions to carry out operations in neighbouring Afghanistan. Trump also said that U.S. operations in Afghanistan were being hindered by the "safe haven" that Pakistan was providing to terrorists. Many took out time to remind Trump of the sacrifices the country has made in the US' war on terror.

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.

Earlier in the day, Trump, in a strongly-worded tweet, said America had been "foolishly" providing military aid to Pakistan for 15 years, but in return, it has only received 'lies and deceit'.

The United States, has provided Pakistan with more than $33 billion Dollars in aid since 2002.

"We make massive payments every year to Pakistan. They have to help".

It was not immediately clear why Trump opted to tweet on Pakistan.

U.S. Senator Rand Paul said on Twitter he would lead the charge in the Senate to end aid to Pakistan.

Islamabad has repeatedly denied the accusations of turning a blind eye to militancy, lambasting the United States for ignoring the thousands who have been killed on its soil and the billions spent fighting extremists.

Trump and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson were among those in the administration to praise Pakistan in October after security officials there rescued from captivity of American Caitlan Coleman, her Canadian husband Joshua Boyle and their children.

In countering US criticism, Pakistan says it has launched military operations to push out militants from its soil and that 17,000 Pakistanis have died fighting militants or in bombings and other attacks since 2001.

Abbasi has said in interviews Pakistan is committed to the fight against terrorism, and has suffered significant casualties through the years due to deadly attacks from militant groups.