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Nikki Haley: Pakistan playing 'double game' for years

Nikki Haley: Pakistan playing 'double game' for years
From Al Jazeera - January 3, 2018

Pakistan has been accused of playing a "double game" and harbouring "terrorists" byNikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, as the war of words continues between the two countries over military aid.

Haley's comments come a day after President Donald Trumpthreatenedto cut aid to Pakistan for allegedly lying to the US and offering "little help" in hunting "terrorists" in neighbouring Afghanistan.

"There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years,"Haley told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York.

"They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan," Haley told reporters at the UN headquarters in New York. That game is not acceptable to this administration."

Urging greater cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against "terrorism", she said Trump "is willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding for Pakistan".

On January 1, in his first tweet of the new year, Trump said: "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 and deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".

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!

Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018

Trump's tweet appeared to have further increased tensions between countries and sparked a strong reaction from Islamabad.

On Monday, Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told the Pakistani TV network Geo:"We have already told the US that we will not do more, so Trump's 'no more' does not hold any importance."

Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Tuesday who expressed "deep disappointment" over Trump's comments.

Pakistan's ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, rejected the allegations and said her country's cooperation was not based on aid but national interests.

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