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Pakistan ends intelligence cooperation with United States as aid halts — Global Geopolitical Series

12 January 2018

He said the Taliban had influence in seven tribal agencies in Pakistan 's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata), but the Pakistanis proved that they were determined [to eliminate terrorism].

"I have a feeling, I am hopeful that Pakistan will do the right thing and turn over the terrorists and honour their commitment", Steven Goldstein, the Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs told reporters at a news conference here.

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He pointed out that Pakistan has been facilitating the U.S. led mission in Afghanistan through air and ground lines of communication for the last sixteen years.

Referring to USA accusations, he said the global terror outfit "Al-Qaeda" had not been defeated by the United States, if the country would have been supporting it.

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"We stand ready to work with Pakistan in combating all terrorists without distinction, and we hope to be able to renew and deepen our bilateral security relationship when Pakistan demonstrates its willingness to aggressively confront the Taliban network, the Haqqani Network, and other terrorist and militant groups that operate from its territory", he said. "We've indicated very clearly that we are - that we believe that can happen ..."

The United States, he said, has only suspended the aid; and the money has not been reallocated. So, our position hasn't changed. "Pakistan's economy has carried the burden of hosting Afghan refugees since long and in the present circumstances it can not sustain it further", it added.

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He went on to say that Pakistan successfully defeated terrorism through Operation Zarb-e-Azb. Later the USA state department followed up on President Trump's threat by announcing a halt of aids to Pakistan unless the country addresses the concern raised by the United States. "An active civil society and tolerance of dissenting views are vital components of any democracy", the spokesperson said as several media watchdogs came out in condemnation of the attack on Siddique. Tillerson had on January 4 placed Pakistan on a special watch list for the violations.

Pakistan ends intelligence cooperation with United States as aid halts — Global Geopolitical Series