Pak­istan can re­view co­op­er­a­tion with US if it is not ap­pre­ci­ated, says Maleeha Lodhi

The Miracle - - Current Affairs - ca, so Trump’s ‘no more’ has no im­por­tance”. Source: dawn.com

Re­fer­ring to US Am­bas­sador to the UN Nikki Ha­ley’s com­ments a day ear­lier where she had ac­cused Pak­istan of play­ing a “dou­ble game” with the US, Lodhi cau­tioned against “shift­ing the blame for [the US’] own mis­takes and fail­ures onto oth­ers”. Speak­ing to the me­dia on Wed­nes­day, Lodhi said that Pak­istan has “con­trib­uted and sac­ri­ficed the most in fight­ing in­ter­na­tional ter­ror­ism”. The diplo­mat added that Pak­istan’s role in the war against ter­ror­ism did not de­pend on US aid but on “na­tional in­ter­ests and prin­ci­ples”. Wors­en­ing re­la­tions A war of words was trig­gered af­ter Trump, in his first tweets on New Year’s day, lashed out against Pak­istan, call­ing the coun­try a “liar”. Elab­o­rat­ing on Trump’s tweets, Ha­ley on Tues­day said that the US had with­held $255 mil­lion of mil­i­tary aid to Pak­istan for the lat­ter’s al­leged “har­bour­ing of ter­ror­ists”. On the same day, US Press Sec­re­tary Sarah San­ders said at a press brief­ing that a de­tailed pol­icy will be an­nounced within the next 24-48 hours. The US pres­i­dent’s tweets evoked a strong re­sponse from the Pak­istani civil and mil­i­tary lead­er­ship. The For­eign Of­fice (FO) sought an ex­pla­na­tion from Amer­i­can am­bas­sador David Hale while the coun­try’s lead­er­ship ex­pressed “deep dis­ap­point­ment” at the ac­cu­sa­tions lev­elled by the US pres­i­dent in a Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meeting on Tues­day. “... even more im­por­tantly the huge sac­ri­fices made by Pak­istan, in­clud­ing the loss of tens of thou­sands of lives ... could not be triv­i­alised so heart­lessly by push­ing all of it be­hind a mone­tary value – and that too an imag­ined one,” a press re­lease is­sued af­ter the meeting in Is­lam­abad said, in a ref­er­ence to Trump’s claim that the US has “fool­ishly” given Pak­istan over $33 bil­lion in aid over the last 15 years. For­eign Min­is­ter Khawaja Asif claimed that Pak­istan had al­ready “said ‘no more’ to Ameri-

Pak­istan’s Am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions (UN) Maleeha Lodhi con­demned the United States (US) ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ag­gres­sive re­marks against Pak­istan and said that Is­lam­abad could “re­view its co­op­er­a­tion if it is not ap­pre­ci­ated”.

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