The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has accused Pakistan of playing a double game and harboring terrorists.
The U.S. has been at a war of words with Pakistan after President Donald Trump posted tweets accusing Pakistan of ‘fooling’ the U.S. leaders.
The U.S. President warned Pakistan of cutting off aids. He said, “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools.”
“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Reiterating the U.S. President, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador said at the UN headquarter, “There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years.”
“They work with us at times, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan. That game is not acceptable to this administration.”
He urged greater help from Pakistan and warned that President Trump is “willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding for Pakistan.”
President Trump’s comment has angered Islamabad officials and sparked a strong reaction from Islamabad.
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told the Pakistani TV network Geo on Monday, “We have already told the US that we will not do more, so Trump’s ‘no more’ does not hold any importance.”
Pakistan’s ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi has rejected the U.S. allegations. She said in an email to Doha based Al Jazeera, “We have contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting international terrorism and carried out the largest counter-terrorism operation anywhere in the world.”
“US spokespersons should not shift the blame for their own mistakes and failures onto others.”