WION Web Team Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan
Jan 10, 2018, 02.04 AM
Pakistan defence minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said today that his country has suspended military and intelligence cooperation with the US as relations between the two allies continued to nosedive.
Pakistan's Dawn newspaper reported Khan speaking at Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad said US is facing defeat in Afghanistan despite spending billions of dollars, alleging that the US is using Pakistan as a "scapegoat" for its failures in Afghanistan.
During his address in Islamabad, Pakistan defence minister slammed the US for the "blame game" against Pakistan instead of providing assistance to secure the Pak-Afghan border, Dawn reported.
The US embassy in Pakistan, however, said it hadn't received any communication regarding Pakistan's latest stance on cooperation with the Trump administration.
Abbasi's government has come under renewed attack from President Trump after the US president in a New Year's Eve tweet said Pakistan was resorting to "lies and deceit" in the fight against terror.
Pakistan government officials hit back at Trump with foreign minister Asif Khawaja saying: "This is not how allies behave," adding that Pakistan was being made a "whipping boy".
On Monday, Pentagon spokesman Colonel Rob Manning fired another warning shot at Pakistan saying Pakistan needs to take "concrete steps" in its fight against terror.