"We shall take all decisions in this regard taking into account our national interests", he said.
The statement further said that it was mostly because of this endeavor, Pakistan was suffering a brutal backlash, including the killing of hundreds of its schoolchildren by terrorists based in Afghanistan, adding that Pakistan can not be held responsible for the collective failure in Afghanistan. "We have to look as to why questions were raised about" Pakistan.
The remarks by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders came after Trump accused Pakistan of giving nothing to the United States but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists in return for $33 billion aid over the last 15 years. "We tried to please you on the cost of our economy, we provided tens of thousands of visas as a result of which the networks of Black Water spread across our country", he said.
The White House said last week the United States will not be paying Pakistan $255 million in foreign military assistance from a package set aside for the one-time ally for 2016 -- it had been held back earlier in 2017 and then cleared -- before it was finally withheld. "Yet, success against terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan and the region requires a change in Pakistan's policy of support for such groups", he said.
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"We have contributed and sacrificed the most in fighting global terrorism and carried out the largest counter-terrorism operation anywhere in the world", Lodhi had asserted.
But a sizable portion of the payments under CSF are tied to Pakistan's actions against terrorism - specifically the Haqqani Network, an Afghan Taliban affiliate - that must be certified by the administration for congress to clear the bill.
After the statement, Pakistan had called a meeting of the National Security Committee (NSC) on Tuesday which expressed "disappointment" over the statement, but said the country would not act in haste.
The former diplomat who hosted Trump as the candidate for his first major foreign policy speech called for suspension of economic assistance to Pakistan, holding Pakistan accountable before regional and global organizations in association with India and Afghanistan.
Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor told local Geo TV Wednesday that the country would like to continue working with the US but will not "compromise on national interests and prestige".
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In his first-ever televised speech to the United States, Trump had disclosed his long-awaited strategy for South Asia - especially Afghanistan - as he put his own touch to the nation's longest war.
Pakistan simply could not have asked for anything better.
The U.S. relationship with Pakistan has ebbed and flowed over the course of the war in Afghanistan, getting most tense after U.S. special forces killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.
On Tuesday evening, Trump tweeted again about Pakistan, but also lashed out similarly at Palestinians, saying: "It's not only Pakistan that we pay billions of dollars to for nothing, but also many other countries, and others". As such, total USA aid allocated to Pakistan-both civilian and military-since 2001 is $19.354 billion.
Pakistan was not paid $300 million of $1 billion under CSF in 2015 and $350 million of $900 million in 2016 because the administration could not certify Pakistan and indeed taken decisive action against the outfit, which is at the heart of United States anger with Pakistan, described as "deceit" by the president recently.
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