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President Trump Withholding $255 Million in Aid From Pakistan

From TIME - January 4, 2018

The U.S. will continue to withhold $255 million in military aid to Pakistan as the White House reviews the nations level of cooperation in fighting terrorism, a National Security Council spokesperson said.

The announcement came just hours after Trump in a tweet said the U.S. has foolishly given more than $33 billion in aid to the country and gotten only lies and deceit in return.

Trump has made it clear that he expects Pakistan to take strong action to fight terrorists and extremism, the spokesperson said. The countrys efforts against terrorism will ultimately determine the trajectory of our relationship, including future security assistance, the spokesperson said.

Following Trumps tweet, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi called a cabinet meeting on Tuesday and a meeting of the high-level National Security Committee, which includes top civil and military leadership, on Wednesday, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

The Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan has also prohibited a group led by Hafiz Saeed, the alleged mastermind behind the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, from collecting donations, Pakistans Dawn newspaper reported on Monday citing a notification from the regulator. Saeed was recently released from house arrest in Lahore, prompting a condemnation from the U.S. State Department, which has labeled him a specially designated global terrorist.

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