Pakistan suspends intelligence, military cooperation with US

Kabul urges Islamabad not to 'politicize' refugee issue

After much criticism from the Trump administration, the government of Pakistan has chose to cease all military and intelligence cooperation with the United States, according to Pakistani defence minister Khurram Dastgir Khan.

When asked to comment on Pakistan's reported move, USA under secretary of state Steve Goldstein said: "We're hopeful for future cooperation from Pakistan". "No more!", Trump said in a tweet.

"The US would like Pakistan to come to the table and assist us in this effort".

The Pakistani response comes after U.S. president Donald Trump's statement on January 1, in which he accused Pakistan of being a "safe haven to the terrorists".

Dr Faisal said Pakistan had been supporting the USA by all means for last 16 years and continuation of that relationship was critical for regional peace. It means that an earlier promised repayment of 900 million U.S. dollars from Washington to Islamabad has suddenly cancelled.

The US on Wednesday 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.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Chief of General Staff (CGS) Lt Gen Bilal Akbar, and the directors general of Military Operations and Military Intelligence briefed members of the diplomatic corps at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday.

British Ambassador to Afghanistan Sir Nicholas Kay visited Islamabad for a series of meetings with the Pakistani officials, a British High Commission statement said on Wednesday.

The development comes amid rising U.S.

"A reminder is in order".

Pakistan blocked the US & NATO troop supply route for months after a 2011 attack by NATO air force accidentally hit two Pakistani check posts, killing more than two dozen Pakistani soldiers. Tensions between the United States and Russian Federation have been high since Russian Federation was accused of meddling in the latest US presidential elections.

On its side, Pakistan said the United States was using Islamabad as a scapegoat for its failure in operation enduring freedom in Afghanistan which has lasted for 16 years since the invasion by President George W. Bush in October of 2001. He added that the suspending but not cutting off permanently security aid to Pakistan.

Public accusations by Trump and other USA officials were not taken well in Pakistan and political watchers and senior media personnel have slammed the US move.

In a Sunday interview with CBS's Face the Nation, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said "the president has made very clear that he needs Pakistan to cease being a safe haven for terrorists that threaten the United States of America. End".

The Spokesperson said all states had a legitimate right to pursue peaceful uses of space technologies.



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