UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi set the record straight after Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the UN, made incendiary remarks against Pakistan Tuesday night.
Islamabad’s cooperation with Washington was not based on any aid consideration, but “on our national interests and principles”, said Lodhi, adding, “We can review our cooperation if it is not appreciated.”
Lodhi remarked this while responding to Haley’s comments during a news conference, where the US envoy repeated President Donald Trump’s allegations that Pakistan played a double game in its counterterrorism operations.
“We have contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting international terrorism and carried out the largest counter-terrorism operation anywhere in the world,” Ambassador Lodhi asserted.
The US should “not shift the blame for [its] own mistakes and failures onto others,” she added.
US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced that the US was withholding $255 million in aid to Islamabad, accusing Pakistan of failing to cooperate fully in the fight against terrorism.
“The administration is withholding $255 million in assistance to Pakistan. There are clear reasons for this. Pakistan has played a double game for years,” Haley told reporters at the United Nations on Tuesday.
“They work with us at times, and they also harbour the terrorists that attack our troops in Afghanistan,” she said. “That game is not acceptable to this administration. We expect far more cooperation from Pakistan in the fight against terrorism,” she added.
“The president is willing to go to great lengths to stop all funding from Pakistan as they continue to harbour terrorists.”