US President Donald Trump has threatened to cut off foreign aid to Pakistan, accusing Islamabad of harboring violent extremists.
Trump said in his first tweet of 2018 that Washington had “foolishly given Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid over the last 15 years.”
“And they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools,” wrote the US president on Monday.
“They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!”
Washington has long accused Islamabad of allowing militants to operate relatively freely in Pakistan’s porous border regions to carry out operations in neighboring Afghanistan.
Back in August, Trump declared that “Pakistan often gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence, and terror.”
The US president’s latest tweet comes following an increasingly tense back-and-forth between Washington and Islamabad. US-Pakistan ties have taken a nosedive under the Trump…