Former foreign minister and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Shah Mahmood Qureshi said: “Pakistan has to move forward taking into account its own interests, irrespective of whether it gets U.S. aid or not”.
The Trump administration has slashed its foreign military financing (FMF) to Pakistan from $255 million to $100 million for the 2018 fiscal, but has kept its options open whether it would be a grant or should be converted into a loan, according to a United States official.
He said that by spring, the Trump Administration would hope to see some real efforts on “genuine” peace process, as it is not interested in talks for talks sake. Another American, Paul Overby, vanished in 2014 in Afghanistan.
President Donald Trump suggested on Monday he would cut off foreign aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of harboring violent extremists and lying about it.
United States officials had hoped the abductor could provide information about another American hostage, but Pakistani officials rejected USA demands for access.
Abbasi has said in interviews Pakistan is committed to the fight against terrorism, and has suffered significant casualties through the years due to deadly attacks from militant groups.
Trump, who departs Florida for Washington on Monday, began 2018 by slamming Pakistan in an angry tweet.
“It is time for Pakistan to demonstrate its commitment to civilization, order and to peace”, he said later in the August 21 speech. “Our patience is not unlimited when it comes to the steps that we expect them to take”, he said.
Mr Trump today came down heavily on Pakistan on the first day of the new year as he tweeted that Pakistan gave America nothing but lies and deceit.
Trump unveiled his new South Asia policy last August, in which Pakistan was blamed for providing “safe haven” to terrorists.
Ghafoor denied that Pakistan allowed training camps or organizational headquarters on its territory.
“No, I haven’t seen any change yet in their behavior”, Nicholson told reporters after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers meeting in Brussels when asked whether Pakistan was cooperating more in eliminating Taliban sanctuaries. Ghafoor was quoted by the English-language Dawn newspaper as saying at the news conference.