(Sputnik/NAN) Pakistan has suspended army and intelligence cooperation with the U.S. amid the diplomatic tensions between Islamabad and Washington, Pakistani Defence Minister Khurram Khan mentioned.
Speaking at on the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad, Khan mentioned that the U.S. was utilizing Pakistan as a “scapegoat” for its failures in Afghanistan despite spending billions of within the conflict-torn state.
“We have suspended a full scale cooperation of our protection ministries and intelligence departments.
“Pakistan does not want to put a price on its sacrifices but wants them to be recognized,” the minister mentioned.
Khan mentioned that the nation won’t permit the continuation of Afghanistan’s conflict on personal territory.
Pakistan’s transfer comes within the wake of partial freezing of U.S. monetary support to Islamabad.
On Monday, Pentagon spokesperson Col. Robert Manning instructed reporters that some 900 million in U.S. funds meant to reimburse Pakistan for counterterrorism operations wouldn’t be launched till Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis was persuaded that the nation was combating terrorist teams and never harbouring them.
On Jan. 1, President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of offering “safe haven to the terrorists” regardless of multibillion U.S. help to Pakistan.
On Jan. four, State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert mentioned that the United States was suspending the supply of army tools and safety support to Pakistan.
According to her spokeswoman, such a measure was a response to the native authorities’ inadequate measures within the battle towards terrorist teams.