Pakistan suspends military and intel cooperation with US

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Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan Tuesday said in Islamabad that Pakistan has suspended defense and intelligence cooperation with the United States amid growing tensions over the us suspension of military aid to Pakistan.

The move comes a few days after President Donald Trump's allegation that the country has given U.S. "nothing but lies and deceit" and suspended security aid to Pakistan.

United States officials have said that nearly all security assistance to Pakistan has been suspended following President Donald Trump's Tweet on January 1 in which he alleged that Pakistan "gives safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan".

A Pakistani court has ordered the release of a radical anti-U.S. cleric who went to Afghanistan with thousands of volunteers to help the Taliban fight against Americans after the 2001 US -led invasion, a defense lawyer said Tuesday.

Manning said that the USA stands ready to "work together" with Pakistan, and that, "the U.S has conveyed to Pakistan specific and concrete steps that it could take toward these ends", adding, "We stand ready to work together with Pakistan to combat terrorist groups without distinction".

The foreign minister of Pakistan Khwajah Mohammad Asif has claimed that the intelligence nexus between Afghanistan and India is contributing to regional instability.

Historically, Pakistan has faced the same type of criticism before regarding its counterterrorism efforts and providing of "safe havens" to terrorists from the past two White House administrations, with the Pakistani government staunchly refusing to ramp up their operational tempo when accused of aiding the Taliban's efforts.

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On Monday, a Pentagon spokesman said the United States had conveyed to Pakistan to take "concrete steps" against terror groups to earn hundreds of millions of dollars in aid.

The already tense relations between the USA and Pakistan further deteriorated after Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on January 1, that Pakistan "gives safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help".

The US has been clear on this issue to Pakistan, Goldstein said. "Pakistan has greater leverage over us than many imagine", he wrote.

A State Department official told VOA on Wednesday "we have not received any formal communication from the government of Pakistan regarding a suspension".

The FO spokesperson reiterated that Pakistan has sacrificed the most in the war against terrorism, which cost the country more than 120 billion dollars.

Pakistani leaders had shown restraint but the Defence Minister's statement could be seen as an indication of growing tension, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Our expectations are straightforward: Taliban and Haqqani leadership and attack planners should no longer be able to find safe haven or conduct operations from Pakistani soil", said Army Col. "Security funding and pending deliveries will be frozen, but not cancelled or reprogrammed at this time".

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