US withholding $255 million in aid to Pakistan: US envoy to UN
The United States is withholding $255 million in aid from Pakistan in the backdrop of souring ties between Islamabad and the administration of US President Donald Trump.
According to Press TV, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday that the White House had made the decision.
“The administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to Pakistan,” said Haley. “There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years. They work with us at time, and they also harbor the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan. That game is not acceptable to this administration.”
Islamabad denies providing a safe haven to terrorists, asserting that its fight against terrorism is faced by Washington’s “invective and mistrust” in return, as the Pakistani defense ministry said in response to Trump’s tweet.
After the president’s statement, US Ambassador David Hale was summoned to Pakistan's Foreign Ministry to discuss the matter.
During the meeting, Pakistan lodged a strongly-worded protest and asked for clarification of Trump's comments.
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi called for a Tuesday cabinet meeting and a meeting of the National Security Committee on Wednesday to discuss Trump’s remarks.