Trump's Tweet Has Done Pakistan a Massive Favor

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In the most recent verbal attack from Washington, spokesperson of US Department of State - Heather Nauert, said that Pakistan needs to earn the money that is provided by the US. "In terms of specific actions, I think you'll see some more details come out on that in the next 24 to 48 hours", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said during the daily briefing.

The United States is withholding $255 million in aid from Pakistan over what the Trump administration describes as a failure to sufficiently fight terrorism, U.S. Ambassador the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyHaley: "Open question" if USA athletes will attend Olympics amid North Korea tensions Haley: Trump isn't deciding who controls east Jerusalem Emergency UN Security Council meeting called after Trump's Jerusalem announcement: report MORE confirmed Tuesday. United States ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley also accused Pakistan of playing a "double game" by claiming to support the US-led war against terrorism while providing a haven to terrorist groups. "The President is simply following through on a commitment that he made, because this is a President that does what he says he's going to do. We know that Pakistan can do more to fight terrorism, and we want them to step up and do that", she said recently. "If the funds that Pakistan receives from the USA are cut off, this can exert direct pressure on Pakistan and we welcome this effort". "Past U.S. withholding of assistance has been matched by declines in cooperation and U.S. -Pakistan relations".

"Trump is disappointed at the USA defeat in Afghanistan and that is the only reason he is flinging accusations at Pakistan".

In his tweets, Trump blamed Pakistani leaders of covering up their misdeeds with "lies and deceit". A decision on $400 million in Coalition Support Fund - reimbursement of expenses to Pakistan related to Afghan war - for the year 2017 is also pending.

In a CNN appearance, Dr Akbar Ahmed, Pakistan's former ambassador to the United Kingdom, reminded policymakers why it is important for Washington that Islamabad remains on its side.

Mr. Trump had criticised Pakistan in a harshly worded Twitter post on January 1, which several commentators in the USA fear could be counterproductive to America's military operations in Afghanistan.

And so, in a single tweet Trump has allowed Islamabad the moral high ground in its inevitable break up with Washington; given a frail civilian government much needed ammunition for a pretentious show of strength, in turn giving it a route to sharing the stage with the Army leadership; and allowed Pakistan to rid itself of responsibility of the many decades-long howlers that the state has been trying to dig itself out of.


Responding to the oft-repeated allegations, Maj Gen Ghafoor, the military's media wing chief, said Pakistan had taken action against the Haqqani network.

The United States is likely to announce "suspension" of some financial assistance to Pakistan soon, as speculations swirl about impending punitive action by the Trump administration that has suddenly dialled up the rhetoric on a client state ungrateful of billions of dollars it has received in aid.

"China and Pakistan are all-weather partners. It is natural for us to enhance communication and exchanges", Geng said.

"There are considerable risks for the US because Pakistan could retaliate in ways that would be very problematic for USA regional interests", he said, such as curtailing intelligence co-operation and USA supply lines into Afghanistan.

Furthermore, with Trump already being accused of stoking fires in the Middle East with his decision to move the us embassy to Jerusalem, the USA president will now be the convenient fall guy for any anomalous hike in violence around the perpetually volatile Af-Pak border.

Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Wilson Center's South Asia program, said suspension of US security assistance to Pakistan would not torpedo relations but it was a significant step backward.

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