According to their army chief, Pakistan feels betrayed by the United States. The Pakistani military said President Trump's comments about them not doing enough to help the U.S. fight terrorism felt like a betrayal. Pakistan was harboring the United States top target, Osama Bin Laden, when he was eventually found and killed. Pakistan's official stance was that they were unaware Bin Laden was there.
reuters.com reports: ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan’s army chief told a top U.S. general the nation “felt betrayed” by criticism that it was not doing enough to fight terrorism, the Pakistani military said on Friday, after U.S. President Donald Trump accused Pakistan of “lies and deceit”.
U.S. Central Command chief General Joseph Votel told General Qamar Javed Bajwa during a telephone call this week that the United States was not contemplating any unilateral action inside Pakistan, the Pakistani army said in a statement.
Tension between the United States and Pakistan has grown over U.S. complaints that the Afghan Taliban and Haqqani network that target American troops in Afghanistan are allowed to take shelter on Pakistani soil.
Pakistan has reportedly cut all military and intelligence ties with the U.S. after the Trump administration cut financial aide.
RT reported: Islamabad is suspending military ties and intelligence sharing with the US, the Pakistani defense minister said, following accusations and aid cuts by President Donald Trump.
Speaking at a public event set up by the Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI) on Tuesday, Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan told the gathering that “there is also a wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation which we have suspended,” according to the Pakistan Tribune.
He did not go into specifics but said the suspension of military and intelligence ties comes on the heels of a recent announcement by US President Donald Trump that Washington was going to curb aid flows to Pakistan.
“Now all veils are off… It is time for a courteous yet ruthlessly candid dialogue between Pakistan and the United States,” Khan said.
Meanwhile, the US embassy in Islamabad denied Pakistan’s claims of military or intelligence ties being suspended, Voice of America reported. “We have not received any formal communication regarding a suspension,” embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire said.
The defense minister had previously vowed a “cold-blooded response” to Washington’s stated intention to withhold an aid package worth $255 million to Pakistan. Speaking earlier with BBC Urdu, Khan said the US ought to “prefer” cooperation over confrontation, noting that half of Pakistan’s airspace and land routes – crucial for American operations in Afghanistan – were still open to the US.
The US State Department officially cut security funding for Pakistan earlier in January, saying financial assistance would only be resumed if Islamabad takes action against the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network. In another sign of worsening relations between long-standing allies, the department put Pakistan on a watch list for what it called “severe violations of religious freedom.”
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