Pakistan “partially” suspends intel cooperation with the US: Defense Minister

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said Islamabad has suspended “intelligence cooperation” with Washington.

Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan made the statement, on Tuesday, while attending a public talk on “Contours of Security Environment of Pakistan”, organized by the think-tank Institute of Strategic Studies Islamabad (ISSI).

“You see the facilities that we have extended to them (US) are still in operation, we haven’t suspended them. But there is also wide field of intelligence cooperation and defense cooperation, which we have suspend,” minister said.

The minister added: “Now all veils are off… It is time for a courteous yet ruthlessly candid dialogue between Pakistan and the United States.”

US President Donald Trump, on Jan. 1, tweeted accusing 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!”

Later the US suspended security assistance to Pakistan.

Pakistan’s Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said, on Tuesday: “the way forward is not through threats, notices and suspension of Support.”

The minister added that the supplies of US troops in Afghanistan through Pakistani territory are still in operation.

“We have eliminated safe havens for terrorists. And we are clearing the remnants of terrorists from our soil,” the minister re assured the world.

He ended his speech stating that “we need to choose cooperation over castigation and the resilient democracy of Pakistan will continue to rise.”
Pakistan and the US’ relationship is at a new low after President Trump’s tweet.
Islamabad says there is need to appreciate its efforts in the war against terrorism “largely (fought) from its own resources which has cost over $120 billion in 15 years,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office soon after US halted its security assistance late last week.

 

 Source: Arab News

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