Pakistan Suspends Talks with U.S. after Trump's Allegations

Pakistani PM, security officials meet to respond to Trump's criticism

"Pakistan has suffered immensely on account of the situation in Afghanistan and it had the greatest stake in that country's return to normalcy", he said while talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew in Islamabad.

Many Americans simply view Pakistan as a major headache.

President Donald Trump's pledge to put renewed pressure on Pakistan to reduce its tolerance of terrorist safe havens may severely impact North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and USA supply lines.

Afghan officials welcomed Trump's message, but Pakistanis accused him of "bullying" their country despite its history of cooperating with the United States in foreign conflicts. In other words, the Afghan government needed to "do more" to deserve more support. A second raid by militants on an army camp in Kashmir a year ago prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order an offensive on the Pakistan-controlled part of the region and destroy camps it said were hosting terrorists.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting", he added. "These charges of terrorist hideouts are just to destabilize Pakistan".

The speech left Pakistan hurt and angry.

The Pakistani official said that Pakistan felt being "backstabbed" by the USA administration after years of cooperation with Washington.

Since 2001, the US government has attempted to apply a double-edged strategy with Pakistan.

Abtahi said such remarks indicate that the United States is trying to force Pakistan into signing more security and military contracts to offset the cost of the USA 16-year Afghanistan war.

Hundreds of people rallied across northwestern Pakistan on August 28 to protest USA statements that the country is providing safe havens to extremist groups. "The Afghan war can not be fought in Pakistan", the group declared.

Asif Shahid, a Pakistani journalist writes from Washington, that rescheduling of Ms Wells' visit was the second such request from Islamabad in less than a week.

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During her earlier introductory trip she held meetings with Foreign Minister Khwaja Asif, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Finance Minister and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee.

Despite the hostile rhetoric, there were signs that U.S. -Pakistan relations are far from collapsing.

Pakistani newspapers ran headlines that blasted Trump as a hectoring bully but also published nuanced commentaries calling for pragmatism and patience. "Pakistan shall do whatever is best in the national interest".

He had previously vilified his predecessor, former president Barack Obama, for failing to end the US-led war in Afghanistan and had largely been expected to curtail American presence in the war, which has become the longest in U.S. history.

Apart from repeated assurances given by civilian and military leadership of the country, Pakistan has demonstrated by actions that it genuinely wants durable peace in Afghanistan.

"Trump's threats are real".

The Afghan and Pakistani Taliban consider themselves two distinct groups, led by different leaders.

"Sanctuary on the Pakistan side and presence on the Afghan side remain a security challenge for both countries and pose a threat to regional security and stability", it added.

Ambassador Xijun reaffirmed China's continuing and firm support to Pakistan's commitment and efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

The envoy said their efforts towards eliminating terrorism should be recognised by the worldwide community. "The U.S. calling for a deeper Indian footprint in Afghanistan sets off alarm bells across Pakistan".

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