Pak stops Intel co-op after United States aid freeze

Pak stops Intel co-op after United States aid freeze

Pakistani security experts have defended the government's decision to suspend defense and intelligence cooperation with the United States after the U.S. suspended all security assistance to Pakistan following U.S. President Donald Trump's serious charges against the country.

"Pakistan has the right to use available options if the USA takes such measures against Pakistan and I think the government has come up with a mature response so far", Awan told Xinhua on Wednesday when asked about Pakistan's decision to suspend defense and intelligence cooperation.

A senior US State Department official also said last week that "We believe that there is significant evidence that leadership of the Haqqani Network resides inside Pakistan and is able to plan and execute from Pakistan attacks inside Afghanistan".

"Pakistan has not run out of options but it should take more steps if the US keeps on taking action against Pakistan", he added.

Khan said that China, Russia and Iran were equally important as the United States to Pakistan and reaffirmed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's statement signalling that the alliance between Pakistan and the USA was over.

Historically, Pakistan has faced the same type of criticism before regarding its counterterrorism efforts and providing of "safe havens" to terrorists from the past two White House administrations, with the Pakistani government staunchly refusing to ramp up their operational tempo when accused of aiding the Taliban's efforts.

British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Nicholas Kay visited Islamabad for a series of meetings with the Pakistani officials, a British High Commission statement said on Wednesday.

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The statement comes days after Trump administration blocked the $255 million military aid to Pakistan.

The Pakistani response comes after U.S. president Donald Trump's statement on January 1, in which he accused Pakistan of being a "safe haven to the terrorists". "Pakistan has greater leverage over us than many imagine", he wrote.

The US has been clear on this issue to Pakistan, Goldstein said.

The newspaper pointed out that the flow of money to the region from the United States had shrunk in recent years, and "Pakistan is not almost as reliant on U.S. assistance as it has been in the past".

The FO spokesperson reiterated that Pakistan has sacrificed the most in the war against terrorism, which cost the country more than 120 billion dollars.

The report said that the announcement was made by Pakistan Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan during an address at the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Pakistani leaders also disagreed with Trump's notion about assistance to Pakistan and insisted that the money had been paid for the facilities Pakistan had provided to the U.S.to transport supplies to foreign troops in Afghanistan. Tensions between the United States and Russian Federation have been high since Russian Federation was accused of meddling in the latest USA presidential elections.

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