"We have contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting global terrorism and carried out the largest counter-terrorism operation anywhere in the world", Lodhi had asserted.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Tuesday that more details about actions against Pakistan would be forthcoming. He reiterated longstanding allegations that Pakistan gives "safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan".
Amid reports that the Trump administration may approve more drastic measures to punish Islamabad for its alleged support to certain militant groups, the army on Wednesday said Pakistan would respond to any U.S. action in line with the aspirations of the people. Trump in his first tweet of the new year had said that the U.S. has already given $33 billion in aid to Pakistan in over 15 years. Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif in a tweet challenged Trump's claim that the U.S. has given Pakistan more than USD 33 billion dollars as aid over the last 15 years, saying verification by an audit firm would prove the USA president wrong. "We know that Pakistan can do more to fight terrorism, and we want them to step up and do that", she said recently. Asif categorically rejected the US" claims that it had provided Dollars 33 billion aid over the last 15 years to Pakistan, saying it was "hollow and imprecise'. "The U.S. still needs these facilities and Pakistan can stop it".
The United States also alleges that senior Afghan Taliban commanders live on Pakistani soil, and has signaled it will cut aid and take other steps if Islamabad does not stop helping or turning a blind eye to Haqqani militants crossing the border to carry out attacks in Afghanistan.
Mr. Trump's tweet does not indicate a shift in policy, as the previous Obama administration had come to same conclusion about Pakistan, while the undiplomatic rhetoric could backfire, said several experts who spoke to The Hindu.
The former diplomat who hosted Trump as the candidate for his first major foreign policy speech called for suspension of economic assistance to Pakistan, holding Pakistan accountable before regional and worldwide organizations in association with India and Afghanistan.
"Just a few weeks ago, Trump praised Pakistan for starting to 'respect the United States.' The incoherence of our Pakistan policy works against our interests because it undermines the power of our hypothetical stick or the sweetness of our purported carrots", she said.
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Pakistan civilian and military chiefs on Tuesday rejected "incomprehensible" USA comments and summoned American Ambassador David Hale to explain Trump's tweet.
"I welcome today's clarity in President Trump's remarks and propose a joint United States - regional coalition to pressurize the Pakistan military establishment to bring peace to not just Afghanistan but the entire region", Karzai said Monday on Twitter.
In a CNN appearance, Dr Akbar Ahmed, Pakistan's former ambassador to the United Kingdom, reminded policymakers why it is important for Washington that Islamabad remains on its side.
A larger security-related payment was $14.5 billion paid to Pakistan from Coalition Support Funds (CSF), which the CRS paper argued, was not assistance but reimbursement for logistical and operational support of US-led military operations; "it is technically not foreign assistance". He said Pakistan could fall back on Saudi Arabia and China for military supplies, but it still depends on the US for certain types of high-end equipment.
"It is impossible to compensate the losses we have suffered", he proclaimed, adding, "We lost 70,000 lives in America's war". A few days ago, CENTCOM commander General Voetel said that the US was attempting quiet discussions rather than public messaging to Pakistan.
Michael Kugelman, deputy director of the Wilson Center's South Asia program, said suspension of USA security assistance to Pakistan would not torpedo relations but it was a significant step backward.