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Trump: US Aid to Pakistan Got Nothing but 'Lies and Deceit'

U.S. President Donald Trump is again accusing Pakistan of sheltering terrorists whom American forces are fighting in neighboring Afghanistan. In his first Twitter message of 2018, he threatened to stop aid to Pakistan. Washington has long accused Islamabad, particularly its security institutions, of turning a blind eye or covertly helping the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani Network to stage cross-border attacks against Afghan and U.S.-led forces. It is not immediately clear whether Trump is threatening to cut financial assistance to Pakistan. The United States suggested in August it would hold up $255 million in military assistance until Pakistan cracks down on extremists. The U.S. Congress has authorized up to $700 million in a Coalition Support Fund to reimburse Pakistan for activities carried out in support of U.S. operations in Afghanistan. Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told the local Geo News television station, "We have already told the U.S. that we...

 

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