The US today hoped that Pakistan would demonstrate its willingness to aggressively confront terror groups that operate from its soil, amid reports that Islamabad has suspended intelligence cooperation with America after the Trump administration froze military aid to it.
Pakistani media quoted Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan as saying that Pakistan’s decision to suspend military and intelligence cooperation with America came after President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of giving nothing to the US but “lies and deceit” and suspended about two billion US Dollars in security aid to it.
Speaking during a seminar titled ‘Contours of Security Environment of Pakistan’, Khan said the US is using Pakistan as a scapegoat for its failures in war-torn Afghanistan.
The US Embassy in Islamabad said it had not been informed about the suspension of military cooperation by Pakistan.
In Washington, when asked to comment on Pakistan’s reported move, US Under Secretary of State Steve Goldstein said, they are hopeful for future cooperation from Pakistan.
The US and others have long complained that Pakistan offered safe haven to the Afghan Taliban and their allies, the Haqqani Network, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan.