US President Donald Trump has reiterated that the $1.3 billion in aid to Pakistan will remain suspended until the country acts against militant safe heavens inside its territory.
The President’s statement came days after he said that Pakistan does not do “a damn thing” for the US, alleging that its government had helped al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden hide near its garrison city of Abbottabad.
“I want Pakistan to help us. We’re no longer paying $1.3 billion to Pakistan. We’re paying them nothing because that’s what they’ve done to help us. Nothing,” President Trump told reporters at the White House.
Over the last few days, Donald Trump has accused Pakistan of not helping the US in its fight against terrorism.
Early this year, Donald Trump announced to stop all security assistance to Pakistan.
“I hope to have a good relationship with Pakistan,” said Donald Trump, indicating that the relationship between the two countries can come back on track if Pakistan took action against terrorist groups and their safe havens.
“But right now, we’re paying Pakistan nothing. I cut them off. They were getting $1.3 billion a year. They’re not getting anything now,” Donald Trump asserted.
However, former Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani, said President Trump might be incorrect in saying that Pakistan has not done anything for the US.
Over the decades, Pakistan has helped the United States with some of its policy objectives, he said.
Pakistani leaders, he said, are being disingenuous in describing the US as “ungrateful”.