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Donald Trump's rant against Pakistan

India is working with the US Russia UK France and several other nations to bring Pakistan under international scrutiny for its failure to squeeze flow of fund to terrorists. Reuters File Donald Trump's rant against Pakistan
Lisa Bryan | 09 January, 2018, 00:59

In Karachi, the Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC) - a religious part conglomerate of 40 religious parties and sectarian groups - burnt a US flag and picture of Mr. Trump.

"If it's not actually accomplishing anything, why are we doing it?"

Fortunately, the Trump administration's recent decision to suspend $255 million in aid to Islamabad serves as a welcome injection of sanity into the deeply dysfunctional U.S. -Pakistan relationship.

"Pakistan could be within their rights if they tell us you don't have flyover rights anymore", she said.

Not waiting for the shrillness of Mr. Trump's New Year tweet to die down, Islamabad hit back with a potent riposte.

Ever since he became the President of the United States, Donald Trump has been showing, at least verbally, a growing impatience with Pakistan's double-faced stand on terrorism and terrorists: proclaiming from the housetop that it is fully committed in its battle against terrorism and that it is itself a victim of terrorism, while on the other promoting terrorism and terror attacks against India and Afghanistan as a matter of State policy.

Interestingly, the USA official said that while public pronoucements have focussed on safe havens for thr Haqqani network and Taliban, conversations with Pakistan have also included "concerns about their nuclear program... the ability of anti-India groups like Lashkar-e Tayyiba and Jaish-e Mohammed to fundraise and operate; and Hafiz Saeed, the head of Lashkar-e Tayyiba, who was recently released from house arrest". His first tweet of 2018, calling out of the "lies and deceit" of Pakistan, had pretty much all of India whooping in approval.

Later in the week, the administration followed through with concrete action, announcing that it would suspend not only the $255 million it previously withheld, but also nearly all security assistance. "I don't think they will fully cut off the assistance, because they still want to work with Pakistan". But at the time, he provided no details as to how the United States would pressure Islamabad.

The administration portrayed Thursday's announcement as following through on the August speech.

The freezing of all security assistance to Pakistan comes after President Donald Trump in a New Year's Day tweet accused the country of giving nothing to the USA but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for United States dollars 33 billion aid over the last 15 years.

Republican senator Bob Corker, who is also the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, supported the administration's decision.


The anger and frustration expressed by the president is not only justified, it's long overdue. "They understand that, but they still haven't taken the necessary steps". They said they could make exceptions to fund critical US national security priorities.

Trump and the administration have sought to portray their response to the demonstrations as in stark contrast to Obama, who was criticized for being slow to respond to the 2009 green movement protests.

According to the White House, the administration is still working on the "exceptions to be made" in this suspension.

Trump's tweets about North Korea have led to raised eyebrows around the world, and he outdid himself this week when he wrote on Twitter that his nuclear button was larger than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's.

"We can take unilateral steps".

"So I expect there will be more talks".

Frustration has been building on Capitol Hill for years, reflected in a steady decline of US aid to Pakistan.

It remains to be seen how the US decision will affect the long-fraught relations with Pakistan, which has increasingly turned to China for economic assistance and military equipment. Two years later, al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was discovered and killed in a housing compound just a four-hour drive from the Pakistani capital.

Taken as a whole, Burrows said he was doubtful Trump's actions over the last week were part of a broader strategy.

But Carafano at Heritage said the actions were "not knee-jerk".

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