Ex-US diplomat calls for designating Pakistan as 'state sponsor of terrorism'

President Trump Is Pushing Pakistan Away From the U.S

President Donald Trump's plan for Afghanistan aims at ending America's longest war and eliminating a rising extremist threat in the country.

Haley said the Afghan government asked the Security Council to apply more global pressure on Pakistan to get it to come to the table and change its behavior.

Speaking to Geo News outside the Parliament, Asif said that the recent visit of a senior US State Department official shows that Washington wants to improve its bilateral relations with Islamabad.

President Donald Trump has frozen USA payments of military aid to Pakistan, worth $900 million, saying Pakistan is not doing enough to target Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani guerilla group. "It is clear that Afghanistan's north is irreversibly turning into a terrorist stronghold headed by ISIS", the ministry added.

The latest visit came ahead of a high-level Council meeting on Afghanistan on Friday to be presided over by Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov.

Haley said the Afghan government is starting to see the Taliban concede, they are starting to see them move towards coming to the table.

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In August, the USA infuriated Pakistan by accusing it of providing a haven for extremist groups that carry out attacks in neighboring Afghanistan.

Umarov said in response to a question on the impact of the USA action that "this was also a part of discussions" during the council trip.

He said several agreements had been signed between Pakistan and Russian Federation for the provision of helicopters and military equipment. "No more!" he said on January 1.

"So the message of the Afghan government was very reassuring from the point of view of continuing efforts to find the peaceful resolution to all the outstanding issues", Umarov 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 & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools".

She said the Afghan government "continue to make 10 steps forward, and with Pakistan they feel like they continue to take steps backward".

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