Talks with US suspended in protest over Trump’s anti-Pakistan criticism, Senators told
Indian Defence News: Pakistan’s Senate has constituted a special committee to frame how it will react to what it believes is US bullying. Islamabad is also very sore at Trump seeing an expanded role for India towards peace in Afghanistan
NEW DELHI: Pakistan suspended bilateral talks and visits with the US “as a mark of protest over the recent anti-Pakistan diatribe by US President Donald Trump”, said top government sources to Dawn newspaper.
Pakistani government officials meanwhile told another newspaper, Nation, that the country will likely not engage in any open talks with Washington before prime minister Shahid Abbasi’s visit to the US next month to attend the United Nations General Assembly session.
Pakistan’s foreign minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif is said to have told the country’s senate yesterday that Islamabad postponing a top US official’s visit to the country, purportedly until a “mutually convenient time”, was in reality, an act of protest.
Similarly, his own visit to the US, that was scheduled for last week and that he postponed, was also done because Islamabad is seriously miffed with Trump last week blasting Pakistan for hosting terror safe havens.
Pakistan’s senate has constituted a special committee to frame how it will react to what it believes is US bullying. A resolution on this is expected to be passed by the Pakistani senate on Wednesday, said Pakistani media.
While announcing his administration’s revamped Afghanistan policy last week, Trump minced no words when he called out Pakistan for giving “safe havens to agents of chaos, violence and terror”. He further suggested that military and other aid to Pakistan is at stake if it does not clamp down on terror.