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Published: Tue, January 02, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid over 'deceit' in terror fight

Trump threatens to cut Pakistan aid over 'deceit' in terror fight

US President Donald Trump has said it is time for change in Iran following anti-government protests that have left at least 12 people dead.

Of foremost concern is Islamabad's attitude toward the powerful Haqqani network, accused of some of the most lethal attacks on United States forces in Afghanistan and dubbed by America's former top military officer Mike Mullen as a "veritable arm" of Pakistani intelligence.

"They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

It was not immediately clear what had prompted the president to comment on Pakistan.

However, last week, the New York Times reported that the administration has since been angered by the fact US intelligence officials were denied access to question one of the suspects of the Haqqani network detained in the Boyle-Coleman kidnapping. NBC News could not confirm that report. His remarks came days after the New York Times reported that the United States is considering withholding Dollars 225 million in aid to Pakistan reflecting its dissatisfaction with the latter's reluctance in the war against terrorism.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said he would respond to the US President's tweet shortly after the latter blamed the country for providing safe havens to terrorists.

As for Iran, Trump said it's time for a change. "We are engaging at the very highest levels with the Pakistanis to work together with them against these terrorists that are undermining the stability of the entire region". "We don't need your aid, our sacrifices should be acknowledged".

After the rescue, President Trump labeled it "a positive moment for our country's relationship with Pakistan".

Trump said then that Pakistan "gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror".

In November, the White House condemned the release of US -wanted militant Hafiz Saeed and said a refusal to re-arrest him would damage bilateral ties.

It said U.S. officials had sought but been denied access to a member of the Taliban-linked Haqqani network captured in Pakistan who potentially could provide information about at least one American hostage.

Efforts by Pakistani leaders to oust terrorists were also criticized by Trump's predecessors, Barack Obama and George W. Bush.

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