Pakistan Suspends Military, Intelligence Cooperation With US

Jamaat-e-Islami supporters burn a poster of Trump in Peshawar

In an interview with a private news channel, Major General Asif Ghafoor said that Pakistan rendered numerous sacrifices to restore peace and stability in the country as well as in the region. There are however reports that Islamabad has suspended military and intelligence cooperation after Trump froze USA military aid to it. Pakistan's Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said that the United States was using Pakistan as a scapegoat for its failures in war-torn Afghanistan.

"This reinforces our stance that the terrorist safe havens in Afghanistan are being used for attacks on Pakistani territory", said Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad.

The US reaction comes days after Pakistan's defence minister said his country had suspended military and intelligence co-operation with the US in retaliation for the latter's decision to freeze all security assistance.

However, the USA military is also concerned that the Pakistani army, which effectively runs foreign policy, might close the air and land corridors on which US -led troops and Afghan forces in landlocked Afghanistan depend for supplies.

"We are fully aware of United States concerns on activities of Afghan nationals in Pakistan and we are already undertaking multiple actions through Operation Raddul Fasaad to deny any residual capacity to terrorists of all hue and colour for which return of Afghan refugees is an essential prerequisite".

Islamabad, however, maintains that the militants are based in Afghanistan but travel to Pakistan via the porous border to visit their families, who allegedly live among the more than 2.5 million Afghan refugees that still reside in Pakistan.


The US has been clear on this issue to Pakistan, Goldstein said.

The Trump administration feels it is time to try "something different" to prevent Pakistan from becoming a safe haven for terrorists as exercising patience or offering inducements have failed to deal with the problem threatening the region's stability, a top official said Monday.

"On the other hand, India is still active in perpetrating terrorism inside Pakistan". We have a perpetual security threat from the East, he added.

The army general said that all operations Pakistan undertook against terrorists were different in nature from each other. The US would like Pakistan to come to the table and assist the Trump administration.

He said, "Physically the war has ended, however the present stage is hard".

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United Kingdom grocery mulls over government war on plastic waste
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:09
Supermarkets will be encouraged to introduce plastic-free aisles as part of a move to prevent billions of tonnes of waste packaging ending up in the oceans.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Search goes on for Calif. mudslide victims; death toll at 17
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:07
The flow was so powerful it swept several homes off their foundations, crushed others and wrapped cars around trees. Heavy rains pre-dawn on Tuesday had sent rivers of mud tumbling down hillsides destroying 100 homes and killing 17.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top 'Venom' Movie First Look at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:07
It looks like Brock, in his job as a reporter, is pressing The Life Foundation on its shady dealings. Or will Venom instead be created by them, with Eddie Brock then turned into its host?

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Donald Trump cancels visit to open United States embassy in London
Jan 12, 2018 - 15:05
This week, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson brushed off suggestions that a state visit to Britain by Mr Trump should be scrapped. The White House has yet to respond to the reports, while Downing Street declined to comment on the particular case.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Honda Insight to deliver 50 mpg or better
Jan 12, 2018 - 14:57
Since then, we've known to expect a new auto with fresh styling, premium features and improved performance. Honda has confirmed that the Insight name will return to its line-up by showing off a new prototype model.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Meghan Markle pulls the pin on social media - and her past
Jan 12, 2018 - 14:15
The Oscar victor revealed how pleasant it was when she met the royal family in the past, especially the princes. Prince Harry was the best man at Prince William and Kate Middleton's 2011 wedding.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Trump says US-Norway ties 'robust'
Jan 12, 2018 - 14:08
As pointed out by The Washington Post , Trump's comments are not the first reference to an aircraft called the F-52. Any solution has to include the wall because without the wall, it all doesn't work".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top When is Eagles' 2018 London game vs. Jacksonville Jaguars?
Jan 12, 2018 - 14:03
THE NFL have announced which teams will be heading to London later this year for their annual series of matches in the capital. This is the first of two trips overseas for the Chargers , who will also host a home game outside the U.S.in 2019.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Super Mario Odyssey DLC finally brings back Luigi
Jan 12, 2018 - 13:58
An update next month for Super Mario Odyssey will bring some new cool add-on features to the game , Nintendo announced Tuesday. The free update seems to be a great way for players to continue to milk the joy out of such a stellar title.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top "Dark Souls: Remastered" Revealed for Switch, PS4, Xbox One, and PC
Jan 12, 2018 - 13:58
It seems that it only took one generation for that decision to be made, as Dark Souls Remastered has been officially announced . The title, considered by many to be one of the best video games ever created, was ported to Windows PC less than a year later.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Overwatch League update adds a ton of new skins and changes
Jan 12, 2018 - 13:57
The inaugural season of Activision Blizzard's (ATVI) Overwatch League kicked off on Wednesday, heralding a new era in eSports . Along with the launch of the new season, Blizzard is offering plenty of new character skins for players to get their hands on.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway: 'Nobody here talks about Hillary Clinton'
Jan 12, 2018 - 13:53
The fact is, we only have to talk about her because people won't let go of an election that she lost miserably", said Conway. Since the day he became president, Trump has tweeted about Clinton - or "Crooked Hillary" - about 70 times.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Ice cream bars sold at Giant Eagle, Aldi recalled
Jan 12, 2018 - 13:44
Fieldbrook Foods is expanding its recall of ice cream bars for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. The company "through an abundance of caution" extended the recall for the entire year, according to the FDA.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Iran nuclear deal criticised by Trump is working, says EU's Federica Mogherini
Jan 12, 2018 - 13:41
Trump on January 12 is facing another quarterly deadline for certifying whether Iran is in compliance with the deal. European countries are banking on the deal, as many began investing in Iran after the sanctions were lifted.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Cutting ties: YouTube removes Logan Paul as a preferred partner
Jan 12, 2018 - 12:44
Paul's next and last public communication was a tweet on January 3, where he said he's "taking time to reflect ". The video in question was taken down by Paul within 24 hours, but it had already gained 6 million views .