Rand Paul says it's time to cut aid to Pakistan

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The US yesterday announced that it is withholding its United States dollars 255 million military aid to Pakistan.

The public anger in Pakistan was provoked by Trump's recent Twitter post, in which he accused Pakistan of harboring terrorist havens and threatened to cut aid to the South Asian country.

In the tweet, Trump accused Pakistan - a key USA anti-terrorism ally - of taking American leaders for "fools" and providing terrorists from neighboring Afghanistan "safe haven".

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi chaired a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Tuesday to discuss US President Donald Trump's move to cut all further aid to Islamabad on charges of harbouring terrorists.

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In a separate response, Pakistan's defence minister Khurram Dastagir, pledged to defend his country's sovereignty should any war arise due to the latest spat with the US.

"We know that Pakistan can do more to fight and stop terrorism and we want them to step up and do that".

Trump initially accused Islamabad of "sheltering terrorists" when he unveiled U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and South Asia in August 2017.

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The statement further added that during visits by USA officials, it was chose to move forward with mutual trust and cooperation, which would also lead to stability in Afghanistan. Haley said that the United States would never accept North Korea as a nuclear power and threatened more sanctions if it carried out any more nuclear or missile tests.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Pakistan of "playing a double game" with the US "for years", and pledged to withhold $255 million in aid to the country.

"A ruler surrendered in a single phone call, our country, we went through the worst bloodbath", said Asif, about the military dictator Musharraf.

Later, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, summoned the US ambassador to Pakistan, David Hale, to lodge a formal complaint. 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'. Afghan Taliban militants control a large chunk of the country, the most since the USA -led invasion in 2001. Trump began the New Year with a strongly-worded tweet denouncing Islamabad for providing safe haven to terrorists and displaying duplicity on the issue of fighting terror.

Mr Trump's harsh words drew praise from Pakistan's old foe, India, and neighbouring Afghanistan, but long-time ally China defended Pakistan's record of combating terrorism.

After the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in the United States, Washington forged a strategic alliance with Islamabad to help in its fight against extremists. Last year, Trump beefed up the number of US troops in Afghanistan.

Trump blasted Pakistan in a series of tweets on Monday, accusing the country of taking U.S. aid while providing "safe haven" to terrorists.