Trump starts New Year by condemning Pakistan, encouraging Iranian protesters

US weighs withholding $255m in aid to Pakistan
US President Donald Trump says 'no more' aid to Pakistan to fight terrorism
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02 January, 2018

A few months ago, Trump declared that Pakistan "gives safe haven to agents of chaos, violence and terror".

But Monday's tweet is consistent with Trump's comments in his first year as president, during which he promised a "new approach" to dealing with Pakistan.

"I haven't seen any change yet in their behavior", U.S. Army Gen. John Nicholson, commander of the NATO-led coalition in Afghanistan, told reporters in November after a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defense ministers meeting in Brussels.

As part of that, the United States has been giving Pakistan aid in the form of money as well as weapons and technology - often at subsidised costs - to combat terrorism on its soil.

The President last August demanded Pakistan "change immediately" its practice of giving safe haven to terror groups including the Taliban, which have assaulted US forces based in neighboring Afghanistan.

Donald Trump entered his second calendar year as US president on Monday, and it appears he's resolved to continue putting allies and rival nations on notice through Twitter.

Earlier in October, India and the United States asked Pakistan to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure operating from its soil, asserting that terror havens inside that country would not be tolerated.

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"I have openly said Pakistan took tremendous advantage of our country for many years, but we're starting to have a real relationship with Pakistan, and they're to respect us as a nation again, and so are other nations", he said at the time. "But that will have to change, and that will change immediately".

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, in a tweet, said Islamabad has already refused to "do more" for the United States.

The president has also expressed concern about relationship between Pakistan and India, nuclear-capable rivals. "President Trump has put Pakistan on notice".

However, the New York Times reported Friday that Pakistan had refused to allow USA access to a militant captured in October during the rescue operation for American hostage Caitlan Coleman and her family.

According to the Express Tribune, Pakistan's foreign office on Monday summoned the US envoy to lodge its protest against the tweet.

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