Even after acknowledging the Pakistan’s efforts to eliminate terrorism from the region and US President Donald Trump’s letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, seeking for help in Afghan peace process, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley once again fired at Pakistan and said Pakistan continues to harbour terrorists that turn around and kill American soldiers.
“I think there should be a strategic view on which countries we partner with, which ones we count on to work with us on certain things, and move forward accordingly. I think we just blindly allow money to keep going without thinking that this is real leverage. We have to use it,” Haley told US magazine ‘The Atlantic’. “The one example I’ll give you is, look at Pakistan. Giving them over a billion dollars, and they continue to harbour terrorists that turn around and kill our soldiers —that’s never okay. We shouldn’t even give them a dollar until they correct it. Use the billion dollars. That’s not a small amount of change,” she said.
Haley will step down as the UN envoy at the end of this year. US President Donald Trump last week nominated chief State Department spokeswoman and a former Fox News journalist Heather Nauert as Haley’s successor.
Earlier a White House official on Tuesday (Dec 4) confirmed that US President Donald Trump has requested Pakistan for help and support in Afghanistan Peace process. Earlier Prime Minister Imran Khan had claimed that Trump has sent a letter to him, seeking Pakistan’s cooperation to bring the Taliban into talks. “We are looking for every responsible nation to support peace in the subcontinent and across this war in Afghanistan,” “It is time for everyone to get on board”. The letter recognizes that “Pakistan has the ability to deny the Taliban sanctuary on its territory,” the spokesperson said adding that the letter also makes clear that “Pakistan’s assistance with the Afghan peace process is fundamental to building an enduring US-Pakistan partnership.”
America’s criticism has began when US President Donald Trump during an interview, badly criticized Pakistan and said that Pakistan had helped Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hide near the garrison city. “You know, living — think of this — living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer. But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there,” Trump said, referring to bin Laden and his former compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. “They took him down but — look, look, there’s news right there, he lived in Pakistan, we’re supporting Pakistan, we’re giving them $1.3 billion a year, which we don’t give them anymore, by the way, I ended it because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us,” Trump responded.
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17 November, 2019