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US accuses Pak of playing double game on fighting terrorism

United Nations, January 4 : The US has accused Pakistan of playing a “double game” on fighting terrorism and asked Islamabad to take decisive action against militants operating from its soil to “earn” the American aid.
The tough message from the US came after an angry tweet from President Donald Trump on New Year’s day that America had been rewarded with “nothing but lies and deceit” by Pakistan in return for its over USD 33 billion aid in the last 15 years. Soon after the President’s tweet, the White House confirmed that the US had suspended its USD 255 million military aid to Pakistan.
US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley came out in support of Trump’s decision to block aid to Pakistan and said, “There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years.”
“They (Pakistanis) work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan. That game is not acceptable to this administration,” Haley told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York on Tuesday.
The Trump administration expected far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism, she said.
“Trump is willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding for Pakistan as they continue to harbour and support terrorism,” Haley said. The Indian-American diplomat said the aid issue was connected solely to Pakistan’s harbouring of terrorists.

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