Pakistan suspends military and intelligence cooperation with United States
While US embassy in Islamabad has said it has no official communication in this regard, Pakistan’s Defense Minister has said cooperation has indeed been halted.
Spiralling relations with the United States have hit a new low with Pakistan’s Defense Minister stating that his country has stopped military and intelligence cooperation with its long-term ally in the fight against terrorism.
Confirming that military and intelligence cooperation has been suspended, Khurram Dastgir Khan was quoted by Pakistani newspaper Dawn as saying that the US is engaging Pakistan in a blame game rather than assisting in the battle on terror. “Pakistan does not want to put a price on its sacrifices but wants them to be recognised,” he said on Tuesday.
Khan also said that the US is staring at defeat in Afghanistan and therefore, is looking to make Pakistan a scapegoat for all of its failures here. The two countries have previously worked closely in a bid to contain terror emanating from Afghan soil.
While the US embassy in Islamabad has not confirmed if cooperation in the said areas has indeed been halted, souring relations between the two countries indeed point towards a firm possibility.
Pakistan and US officials have engaged in a war of words with each other – a simmering fire set ablaze by US President’s first tweet of 2018.