On Tuesday this week, the US made some severe allegations on Pakistan of having a double game in the fight against terrorism. The American government issued a warning to Islamabad that the government officials would have to do more if they wanted to have US aid continue streaming in their economy. Sarah Sanders, a White House spokesperson, told reporters that Pakistan can do more to stop terrorism and that is precisely what the US government wants of them.
The White House issued a statement that it was likely to take action to pressure Islamabad to put more efforts in the fight against terrorism. This announcement came days after the US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said that the American government was planning to have aid worth $255 million to Pakistan withheld. Haley told reporters that Washington was justified to cut the aid to Islamabad as the Pakistani government had played a double game for far too long. Haley said that at times, Pakistan government works with the American government while in other times, they provide a haven for the terrorists who attack American soldiers on duty in Afghanistan.
The US ambassador to the UN added that such cunning behavior by Islamabad was not by any means acceptable to the Trump administration and that the US government expected that Pakistan would give more cooperation in the fight against terrorists. On Monday, President Trump accused Pakistan of being ungrateful to Washington. In a tweet, the president said that Islamabad had rewarded the US with nothing but deceit and lies after receiving more than $15 billion in aid and grants from Washington in the last 15 years. In the tweet, the president continued to note that the Pakistani government was giving refuge to terrorists who attack American troops who have been deployed in the mountains of Afghanistan and that had to come to a stop.
On Tuesday, the Pakistani military and civilian leadership rejected the comments from both President Trump and his UN ambassador terming them as incomprehensible. The Pakistani government also called on the US Ambassador in Islamabad to explain the context of the tweet by president trump. Maleeha Lodhi, the Pakistani ambassador to the UN, said that her country’s fight against terrorism was based on national principles and interests and not on a mere consideration of grants and aid from foreign nations. Lodhi added that her government had made significant contributions on the global fight against terrorism.