Trump's threats to Pakistan probably won't change much

Trump's threats to Pakistan probably won't change much

An article in the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post (SCMP) had earlier noted that in South Asia "there is one clear victor from Donald Trump's tweet tantrums this week: China, which suddenly finds its leverage over Pakistan multiplying as a result of the U.S. President's mood swings". Their website reported his tweet and added: "The US has long accused Istanbul of allowing militants to operate relatively freely in Pakistan's border regions to carry out operations in neighbouring Afghanistan".

Only Fox News could confuse Islamabad and Istanbul.

The minister's statement came one day after the United States (US) announced the suspension of all military aid to Pakistan. In 2009, then-president Barack Obama pointed to the terrorist "safe havens" in Pakistan as part of the need to ramp up American troop levels in Afghanistan.

That's why, despite their strident tone, it's unclear whether Trump's tweets signal a real shift in USA policy.

The official also said the suspension is mostly about the security assistance and does not include civilian assistance. "I don't think they will fully cut off the assistance, because they still want to work with Pakistan".

Washington's announcement Thursday signaled growing frustration over Pakistan's level of cooperation as USA involvement in the war in Afghanistan enters its 17th year.

Similarly, the Afghan ambassador to the United States, Hamdullah Mohib, and former Afghan President Hamid Karzai both welcomed the tweet.

The administration portrayed Thursday's announcement as following through on the August speech.

A day after the U.S. government suspended almost $2 billion security-related assistance to Pakistan, President Donald Trump expressed public support for a Republican senator's plan to introduce legislation, cancelling all aid to the country over its continued refusal to take tangible action against terrorists.

Man dies in explosion outside Stockholm subway
Police cordoned off the station and the square outside as bomb squad experts moved in to investigate. He says a woman with the man received minor wounds to her face and both legs from the blast.

Chelsea complete signing of Ross Barkley from Everton for £15million
Barkley, who had been with boyhood-club Everton since the age of 11, made a total of 179 appearances for the Toffees , scoring 27 goals in the process.

Forecast: Freezing temperatures over the weekend, snow Monday
Saturday will be sunny, with a high near 25 and a northeast wind around 6 miles per hour , becoming southeast in the afternoon. That's the real-world implications of a National Weather Service wind chill advisory, which will be in effect until 8 a.m.

Meanwhile, in the Middle East, Trump also threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinians, following his December decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. "At this stage all Fiscal Year 17 CSF have been suspended, so that's the entire amount of United States dollars 900 million", Andrews said. "They don't even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel", he tweeted Tuesday.

"Our hope is that they will see this as a further indication of this administration's huge frustration with the trajectory of our relationship and that they need to be serious about taking the steps we have asked in order to put it on more solid footing", a senior State Department official told reporters. The council will now hold multiparty conferences in Faisalabad on January 12 and in Lahore on January 13 against the USA threats to Pakistan.

Trump's tweets about North Korea have led to raised eyebrows around the world, and he outdid himself this week when he wrote on Twitter that his nuclear button was larger than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's.

After South Korea and North Korea announced they would hold high-level talks, Trump took credit for the progress.

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

"Obviously, we'll continue talking with one another as we are at all times", Mattis said.

USA ambassador to India Kenneth Juster met with the Indian foreign secretary S. Jaishankar for the first time after Washington indicated that it has made a decision to withhold at least $900 million in military aid to Pakistan.

The source added that "all options are on the table" when it comes to further moves, including stripping Pakistan of its status as a "major non-NATO ally" or calling in vital International Monetary Fund loans. There should not be any doubts when it comes to the defence of Pakistan, he had said. Mattis along with the secretary of state Rex Tillerson have travelled to Pakistan in recent months to deliver tough message to the country's leadership.

But Carafano at Heritage said the actions were "not knee-jerk". According to the spokeswoman, such a measure was a response to the local authorities' insufficient measures in the fight against terrorist groups. The State Department needs to take a decision on $255 million for FY 2017 only by September of his year.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top USA crude slips 57 cents, retreating from mid-2015 highs
Jan 09, 2018 - 01:01
West Texas Intermediate for February delivery added 23 cents to $61.67 a barrel at 10:09 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The price differential (spread) between WTI and Brent crude narrowed by almost a dime to $6.10 a barrel week over week.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Lawsuit Alleges Google Managers Booed White Men at Company Meetings
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:59
Google terminated Damore for the memo, saying it was contrary to the company's basic values and code of conduct. A Google spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top HTC announces the new improved HTC Vive Pro, 3D Audio and more
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:58
But, like the rest of the market's high-end headsets, the Vive Pro will still only run with the help of a powerful computer. At the same time, HTC unveiled the Vive Wireless Adaptor , which they say will be the first wireless VR adapter to market.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Korea seeks to discuss divided families, easing tensions at inter-Korean talks
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:57
The Trump administration has agreed to delay upcoming springtime drills with South Korea until after the Olympic Games. The annual event helps maintain stability on the Korean Peninsula. "We will listen to what North Korea will say".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Chiefs rumors: Eric Bieniemy could be a favorite to replace Matt Nagy
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:56
He did not call plays until late this season, but has drawn praise for his work with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. His contract is up on Tuesday, and the Bears have reportedly been interested in retaining him in his position.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Aaron Taylor selected for College Football Hall of Fame
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:54
Brown went 244-122 in a 30-year coaching career that includes 16 seasons and the 2005 national championship with the Longhorns. Taylor was a key member of the Huskers' dominate run under Tom Osborne that ended with national titles in 1994-95 and 1997.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Police search for missing journalist in Houston area
Jan 09, 2018 - 00:39
The roommate said the blue truck looped back around and parked behind her and Roland got out of her auto and the truck sped off. Police say most of the time she was missing, she was searching for her phone - which was found in her auto .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Colorado Attorney General says marijuana businesses should carry on as usual
Jan 08, 2018 - 04:57
The State of OR has had a lot of trouble recently with overproduction of cannabis leading to illegal exportation to other states. One issue that may be potentially litigated is how the new memo affects medical versus recreational marijuana use.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Golden Globes: 5 Actresses Who Brought Activists to the Show
Jan 08, 2018 - 04:08
The actress is up for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of King, an early advocate for women's equality. The full list of activists, as well as their full statement, is below.

Featured Stock Overview: The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE:SCHW)
Jan 07, 2018 - 01:22
Caisse De Depot Et Placement Du Quebec holds 0.01% of its portfolio in The Sherwin-Williams Company (NYSE:SHW) for 11,023 shares. Staying on top of longer-term price action may help provide investors with a wider range of reference when doing stock analysis.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Watch this JMU receiver make a HELMET CATCH in the FCS Championship
Jan 07, 2018 - 01:22
Madison coach Mike Houston noted that almost every week, a Bison receiver ran free and caught a long pass off play-action. NDSU 14 JMU 3 - Easton Stick completes a 50-yard touchdown pass to Darrius Shepherd with 4:14 left in the second quarter.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top South Africa hail 'genius' of De Villiers
Jan 07, 2018 - 01:20
India at the close of play is tottering at 28/3, with both openers and Kohli back in the pavilion. Bhuvneshwar, who finished with 4/87, too agreed that De Villiers took the game away from India .

Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. Boosts Holdings in Murphy Oil Co. (MUR)
Jan 07, 2018 - 01:19
Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated a "buy" rating on shares of Marathon Oil in a report on Thursday, September 28th. Zacks Investment Research cut Marathon Oil from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a report on Thursday, November 9th.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top TN Bus strike: Transport minister appeals employees to join duty
Jan 07, 2018 - 01:15
Transport union leaders said they will challenge the court order, which they said is one-sided as they were not heard. Officials said buses were being run by utilising services of workers affiliated to ruling AIADMK-backed union ATP.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US Company Starts Up A New Search For MH370
Jan 07, 2018 - 01:14
A US company is starting up a new search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 nearly four years after it vanished. A spokesman for the company added: "The company are awaiting final contract award before the search recommences".