Islamabad suspends military and intelligence cooperation with Washington

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan has said that Islamabad has suspended military and intelligence cooperation with the United States in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s allegation that Pakistan has given the US “nothing but lies and deceit” and suspension of security aid for Pakistan.

Khurram Dastgir Khan

Speaking at a gathering at Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday, he said the US is facing defeat in Afghanistan despite spending billions of dollars. He alleged that the US is using Pakistan as a ‘scapegoat’ for its failures in Afghanistan. “Pakistan does not want to put a price on its sacrifices but wants them to be recognised,” the defence minister said, adding that Pakistan will not allow Afghanistan’s war to be fought on Pakistani territory.
He also said that the US is busy in a blame game against Pakistan rather than providing it with assistance to secure the Pak-Afghan border. The US Embassy in Islamabad said it had not been informed about the suspension of military cooperation by Pakistan. “We have not received any formal communication regarding a suspension,” Embassy spokesman Richard Snelsire said, according to VOA news.