Pakistan continues to harbour terrorists: Nikki Haley

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Dec 09, 2018, 11.19 AM(IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

File photo of Nikki Haley. Photograph:( Reuters )

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US-Pakistan relations have deteriorated due to inaction by Pakistan on terror groups in its territory. US President and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also had a Twitter spat in which Khan said the US is making Islamabad a scapegoat due to its failures in Afghanistan.

Days after United States President Donald Trump slammed Pakistan for providing safe haven to Osama Bin Laden and justified the aid cut to the country, the outgoing American ambassador to United Nation Nikki Haley has said that country continues to harbour terrorist and Washington should not give them any money.

In an interview to The Atlantic, Nikki Haley said, "look at Pakistan. Giving them over a billion dollars, and they continue to harbour terrorists that turn around and kill our soldiers—that’s never okay. We shouldn’t even give them a dollar until they correct it. Use the billion dollars. That’s not a small amount of change.".

Haley's response came on a question by The Atlantic's Uri Friedman asking, what does she feel about "What America’s role is?"

Talking about American Aid, Haley said, "We don’t need to be giving money to countries that say “Death to America.” We don’t need to be giving money to countries that go behind our back and try and stop us from doing things. We don’t need to be giving money to those that don’t want to be our partners, because there’s a lot of countries that do want to be our partners, and we just need to be smart about it."

Remember, In an interview to Fox news channel US President Trump had said Pakistan doesn't  "do a damn thing for us." and slammed Islamabad for providing a safe haven to 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden.

The first tweet this year by US President was on Pakistan aid cut and the "lies and deceit". He tweeted on 1 January that "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!"

In an email reply to WION, the Pentagon had confirmed that the US had suspended, Coalition Support Funds (CSF) security assistance that Washington provides to Pakistan, last January. The suspension remains in place totalling approximately $1.66 billion in security assistance dollars to Pakistan that has been frozen to date. 

US-Pakistan relations have deteriorated due to inaction by Pakistan on terror groups in its territory. US President and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also had a Twitter spat in which Khan said the US is making Islamabad a scapegoat due to its failures in Afghanistan.

The development comes days after, India slammed Pakistan at United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) for destabilising Afghanistan and continuing to provide sanctuaries to terror organisations in its territory. 

Indian Diplomat Eenam Gambhir while delivering India's statement in UNGA said, " Offensives are planned and launched by those who are harboured in safe havens in the neighbourhood of Afghanistan. These sanctuaries have, for years, provided safety for the dark agendas of ideologically and operationally-fused terror networks like the Taliban, Haqqani network, Daesh, Al-Qaeda and its prescribed affiliates such as the Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammed".