Connect with us

Featured

US-Pakistan Historical Relations Strained; Will Trump-Imran Meeting Mend Ties?

Published

on

US-Pakistan relations are an all-time low, as Washington has accused Islamabad of being the global hub for terrorist organizations including the Afghan Taliban. The US wants to again have great relations with Pakistan but cannot do so as the country “houses enemies”, stated US President Donald Trump.

US Demands Indian Army To Battle The Taliban in Afghanistan

Donald Trump, however, said a meeting with the new leadership in Pakistan under Imran Khan will take place “very soon”. He said Washington has initiated peace talks with the Taliban in war-torn Afghanistan.

Donald Trump also told his Cabinet colleagues that he has ended $1.3 billion in aid to Pakistan because “this South Asian country houses enemies”. “We want to have a great relationship with Pakistan, but they house the enemy. They take care of the enemy. We just can’t do that,” Trump said.

“So, I look forward to meeting with the new leadership in Pakistan. We will be doing that in the not too distant future. But I ended $1.3 billion that we paid. I think it was water, we were just paying to Pakistan. So, I ended that,” he said.

Trump also alleged that Pakistan had not been fair to the United States.

In November last year, Trump defended his administration’s decision to stop hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid to Pakistan, saying Islamabad does not do “a damn thing” for the US and its government helped late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden hide near its garrison city of Rawalpindi.

“We give Pakistan $1.3 billion a year… (Laden] lived in Pakistan, we’re supporting Pakistan, we’re giving them USD 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,” he had said.

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

Earlier, South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham, who is considered close to President Trump, told CNN in an interview that if Pakistan helped the US in bringing the Taliban to the table for negotiations, the US would focus on counterterrorism and the ISIS.

The Republican Senator wants the US to offer Pakistan a free trade agreement as an incentive to push the Taliban to the peace table to end the Afghan war.

Imran Khan was sworn in as Pakistan’s Prime Minister in August last year. The cricketer-turned-politician said in January last year that meeting President Trump would be a “bitter pill” to swallow.

Just a month ago, Trump wrote a letter to Khan, seeking Pakistan’s help with stuttering Afghan peace talks and support in bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table to end the 17-year brutal war in the neighbouring country.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Prime Minister Khan in Islamabad in September last year and pressed him to take “sustained and decisive measures” against terrorists threatening the regional peace and stability.

The relations between Pakistan and the US nosedived last year in January after President Trump accused Islamabad of giving nothing to Washington but “lies and deceit” and providing “safe haven” to terrorists.

The US has repeatedly said that Pakistan was providing safe havens to the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network militants to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan.

The US Congress also passed a bill to slash Pakistan’s defence aid to $ 150 million, significantly below the historic level of more than $ one billion per year. The Trump administration announced early last year that it was suspending security assistance to Pakistan over differences on Afghanistan but indicated that training programmes for military officers will continue.

More News at EurAsian Times

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

FEATURED

INDIA-CHINA INDIA-CHINA
Europe4 hours ago

Like India, Greece To Equip Its Rafale Fighter Jets With HAMMER Missiles?

HAMMER (Highly Agile and Manoeuvrable Munition Extended Range) missiles are air to ground precision-guided missiles developed by Safran Electronics &...

F-15EX-india F-15EX-india
Americas14 hours ago

Forget F-16s & F-35s, This Is The World’s Deadliest Fighter Jet With 100 Kills, Without A Single Loss

Over the years, the United States has developed a strategic military partnership with Israel by equipping them with the world’s...

putin-russia putin-russia
EurAsian Region16 hours ago

Russian Sukhoi Su-34 Jet Displays ‘Path-Breaking’ Capabilities; Makes Its First Flight Into The Stratosphere

Russian fighter-bomber aircraft Su-34 carried out a night-time combat exercise reaching to the heights of 15 kilometers at lower stratospheric...

Putin-Macron Putin-Macron
Europe18 hours ago

French President Emmanuel Macron Blames Azerbaijan For Starting Conflict With Armenia

French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday voiced solidarity with Armenia amid its conflict with Azerbaijan over disputed Upper Karabakh region....

Israel-Turkey Israel-Turkey
Europe21 hours ago

Greece Turning Into Another Israel: The Way US Backed Israel, EU Is Supporting Greece – Turkish Experts

With growing military confrontations in the Eastern Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey, several European Union (EU) nations have got itself...

Indian-Flag Indian-Flag
Featured21 hours ago

200,000 Muslim Children Disappeared From Uttarakhand Overnight: Another Smear Campaign Or Truth?

A news is getting viral on WhatsApp and Social media in India which EurAsian Times has access to. The news...

INDIA-CHINA-WAR INDIA-CHINA-WAR
Asia Pacific22 hours ago

How India, China Conflict In Ladakh Is Becoming A ‘Test Platform’ For Drone Technology?

In a bid to compete with one another, India and China have been deploying their heavy weaponry and latest armaments...

India-Pakistan ties India-Pakistan ties
Featured23 hours ago

Pakistan Slams India For “Illegally” Freezing Amnesty’s Bank Accounts

Pakistan’s foreign minister – Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday lamented India “illegally” freezing Amnesty International’s bank accounts and called on...

PAK-DA-RUSSIA PAK-DA-RUSSIA
Featured1 day ago

Russia, China or The US: Which Country’s Air Force Operates The World’s Fastest Fighter Jets?

Ahead of the dawn of sixth-generation fighter jets including Britain’s “Tempest”, US’ secret fighter under NGAD program, and proposed Russian...

Trillion-Dollar-Infra Trillion-Dollar-Infra
Americas1 day ago

“Shut-Up Man!”: Donald Trump Has A Face-Off With Joe Biden At US Presidential Debate

US President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden clashed Tuesday evening during a political showdown that repeatedly broke down...

Advertisement