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Trump Follows Through With Threats, Blocks USD 255 Million Military Aid To Pakistan

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| January 2 , 2018 , 14:06 IST

The United States, led by President Donald Trump, have been increasing pressure on Pakistan for it to act against safe havens for terrorists on its soil. Following through with its threats against Pakistan, the United States has blocked its USD 255 million military aid to Islamabad, the White House confirmed.

"The United States does not plan to spend the USD 255 million in FY 2016 in Foreign Military Financing for Pakistan at this time," a senior administration official said.

"The president has made clear the US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorists and militants on its soil, and that Pakistan's actions in support of the South Asia Strategy will ultimately determine the trajectory of our relationship, including future security assistance," he said.

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The official added that the US administration continues to review Pakistan's level of cooperation.

US President Donald Trump in a tweet on Monday said that despite the US giving Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, they have given "nothing but lies and deceit" adding that "no more", indicating on Monday itself that the US was planning action against Pakistan.

"The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!" Trump tweeted.

The Pakistan government hit back on Trump's tweets, saying that they have provided a lot of support to the US, but that the US has given "nothing but invective and mistrust".

An official Twitter handle of the Pakistan Minister of Defence Khurram Dastgir-Khan tweeted "Pak as anti-terror ally has given free to US: land & air communication, military bases & intelligence cooperation that decimated Al-Qaeda over last 16 years, but they have given us nothing but invective & mistrust. They overlook cross-border safe havens of terrorists who murder Pakistanis."