White House to announce ‘specific actions’ against Pakistan within days

Published: January 3, 2018
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Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says the details of Trump’s policy will be announced in the next 24-48 hours. PHOTO: AFP

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says the details of Trump’s policy will be announced in the next 24-48 hours. PHOTO: AFP

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations . PHOTO: REUTERS Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says the details of Trump’s policy will be announced in the next 24-48 hours. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: The White House has said it wanted to see Pakistan do more to fight terrorism and that it would likely announce actions to pressure Islamabad within days.

“Our goal is that we know that they can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that,” White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders told reporters on Tuesday.

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“In terms of specific actions, I think you’ll see some more details come out on that in the next 24 to 48 hours.”

Do more to stop terrorism

The US accused Pakistan on Tuesday of playing a “double game” on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain US aid.

“They can do more to stop terrorism and we want them to do that,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.

The White House said it would likely announce actions to pressure Pakistan within days, shortly after US Ambassador Nikki Haley said at the United Nations that Washington would withhold $255 million in assistance to Pakistan.

”There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years,“ Haley told reporters. ”They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan.

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations . PHOTO: REUTERS

Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations. PHOTO: REUTERS

“That game is not acceptable to this administration. We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism.”

The comments followed an angry tweet from the US President Donald Trump on Monday that the United States had been rewarded with “nothing but lies and deceit” for “foolishly” giving Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the past 15 years.

“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!” he tweeted.

Pakistan civilian and military chiefs on Tuesday rejected “incomprehensible” US comments and summoned American Ambassador David Hale to explain Trump’s tweet.

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Relations with Washington have been strained for years over Islamabad’s alleged support for Haqqani network militants, who are allied with the Afghan Taliban.

‘Pakistan thinks US leaders are fools’

Trump on Monday said that the US ‘foolishly’ gave aid to Pakistan over the course of 15 years but Islamabad remained deceitful by providing safe havens to ‘terrorists’ from Afghanistan.

Last year, the Pakistan Army while rejecting the Trump administration’s pressure to do more in the fight against terrorism, insisted that Pakistan had done enough and could not do more for anyone.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • Shuaib
    Jan 3, 2018 - 10:55AM

    We support our Army and Political leadership on this one.Recommend

  • kp
    Jan 3, 2018 - 12:39PM

    @Shuaib:
    Your support doesnt matters, just wait and see how much help your sweeter then honey friend can provide. Its the USA still the only sole superpower, come to reality mateRecommend

  • jehangir rajkhan
    Jan 3, 2018 - 12:43PM

    @Shuaib:
    When they take meaningful military action against US drones violating our territorial sovereignty, only then will they merit our respect.Recommend

  • Nadeem Usmani
    Jan 3, 2018 - 12:46PM

    Pakistan do not needs to budge over the threatening tweets and scolding done by white house.They should make and adhere their own policy with cool mind that align with our national interest.Recommend

  • Anon
    Jan 3, 2018 - 1:58PM

    Let’s see them try a travel ban… that should be fun!Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Jan 3, 2018 - 2:23PM

    pakistan be careful, Nick Haley is the Indian born american and fully supports donald Trump posture against muslim majority countries.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • Atif
    Jan 3, 2018 - 3:13PM

    Pakistan should ask US diplomats to leave.Recommend

  • Maher
    Jan 3, 2018 - 3:17PM

    US is trying every possible way to hinder CPEC project and Pakistan’s rise as a stable nation… Army, Govt and all the key players must be on the same….Recommend

  • Rex Major
    Jan 3, 2018 - 4:38PM

    @Rex Minor: “pakistan be careful, Nick Haley is the Indian born american and fully supports donald Trump posture against muslim majority countries”
    Some logic – pakistan be careful because Nick Haley is the Indian born american and not because donald Trump is the President who postures against muslim majority countries.Recommend

  • Shakil
    Jan 3, 2018 - 5:19PM

    US knows the aid money has very minimal leverage! 33 billion in 15 years! when 20 billions per year are remitted to Pakistan by Overseas Pakistanis alone! go figure

    Pakistan is better off without such aids.

    US failed while Pakistan successfully cleansed Pakistan from terrorists. Scapegoating Pakistan will not make US successful in a lost war in Afghanistan.
    Why a US might failed, they need to understand their failures and cut losses and leave Afghanistan to its own people.Recommend

  • qaiser
    Jan 3, 2018 - 5:22PM

    I am so happy, now we have to face the truth ! Pk was so many years under dictations and pressure. This day had to come to get the freedom. Thats just the way to stand and show Pk’s sovereinity. Are the People of and especially Politicians ready for the sacrifice ?Recommend

  • Habib Canada
    Jan 3, 2018 - 5:25PM

    Suit yourself… We need friends not masters.Recommend

  • FAZ
    Jan 3, 2018 - 7:01PM

    @Anon:
    That would mean a similar ban on Nato trucks too. That would be more fun. Why not try Chahbahar port then?Recommend

  • roop chandel
    Jan 3, 2018 - 8:40PM

    Time for Pakistan to go the way of Iraq, Libya and Iran. Join the club.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Jan 4, 2018 - 11:03AM

    @roop chandel: Iraq, Libya and Iran do not supply American troops in landlocked Afghanistan. Pakistan is also an nuclear power like North Korea. Recommend

  • kashif khan
    Jan 4, 2018 - 6:13PM

    go trump go. go fake news go.Recommend

  • kashiof khan
    Jan 4, 2018 - 6:14PM

    go trump go. go fake news go.Recommend

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