Pakistan can survive without taking financial assistance from US: Khawaja Asif

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"We'll continue to keep you posted as those decisions are finalised", Sanders said.

"We have already told the USA that we will not do more, so Trump's "no more" does not hold any importance", Asif said, adding that "Pakistan is ready to publicly provide every detail of the USA aid that it has received".

Talking to Geo News, Asif elaborated that it is not the first time [when United States has threatened to suspend the financial assistance to Pakistan]. He reiterated that Pakistan will not compromise on its territorial integrity at any cost and that while the country is ready to resolve issues via bilateral means, it will not do so at the stake prestige.

In 2016, Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was killed by a USA drone strike inside Pakistan and in 2011, al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was found and killed by US troops in the garrison town of Abbottabad.

"O$3 ur goal is that we know that they can do more to stop terrorism, and we want them to do that".

As the USA administration withheld the 225 million dollar assistance to Pakistan, it said that there are clear reasons for this.

The United States accused Pakistan on Tuesday of playing a "double game" on fighting terrorism and warned Islamabad it would have to do more if it wanted to maintain us aid.

Relations with Washington have been strained for years over Islamabad's alleged support for Haqqani network militants, who are allied with the Afghan Taliban.

Pakistan's foreign minister Khawaja Asif in a tweet challenged President Trump's claim that the U.S. has given Pakistan more than $33 billion dollars as aid over the last 15 years, saying verification by an audit firm would prove the U.S. president wrong. Moreover, Osama bin Laden, the former leader of al-Qaeda terrorist organization (also banned in Russia), who was responsible for the 9/11 attacks, was found and killed by USA forces in Pakistan in 2011.

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The frequency of suspected US drone attacks near the Pakistani-Afghan border has increased notably since Trump introduced his Afghanistan strategy in August.

Pakistani Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif in a tweet Tuesday questioned Trump's assertions of giving Islamabad more than $33 billion dollars.

Major General Asif Ghafoor, a spokesman for the Pakistani Army, added that USA aid to Pakistan has been "reimbursement for support Islamabad gave to the coalition for its fight against Al Qaeda". "Pakistan shall do whatever is best in the national interest".

The ambassador said the U.S. should not shift the blame for their own mistakes and failures onto others. More importantly, the United States has interactions and relations with India, China, Afghanistan, and Iran in a negative sense-all countries that are neighbours and around Pakistan.

But then, US Vice President Mike Pence - in his unannounced, December 22 visit to Afghanistan - had issued an apparent warning to Pakistan, saying it "has much to gain from partnering with our efforts in Afghanistan".

The $255-million aid denied to Pakistan came from the security-related part of the package, which are broadly aimed at boosting the country's counter-terrorism capabilities.

"So the strategy should be to really reinforce those elements that America stands for and promotes and President Trump [also] believes in-good governance, accountability, lack of corruption".

Many members of the US Congress - particularly Republicans, who control both houses of the legislature - have been critical of the Pakistani government and called for cuts in military and other aid.

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