Nikki Haley, the outgoing US Representative to United Nations has slammed Pakistan in a recent interview to The Atlantic on Friday, December 7.
“Look at Pakistan. Giving them over a billion dollars, and they continue to harbour terrorists that turn around and kill our soldiers – that’s never okay. We shouldn’t even give them a dollar until they correct it. Use the billion dollars. That’s not a small amount of change,” Haley said in the interview.
The comment comes after US President Donald Trump blamed Pakistan for giving a safe haven to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and being complacent in efforts towards fighting terrorism on its soil. Trump also got into a Twitter spat with Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan a few days ago.
Recently, Trump also openly defended the aid cut to Pakistan as he said the country doesn’t do “a damn thing for us.”
US has repeatedly accused Pakistan of covertly sheltering Taliban leaders, but Islamabad denies such allegations.
This is not the only side Pakistan has received a backlash from.
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In the recent United Nations session, Indian diplomat Eenam Gambhir lashed out at Islamabad for the same reasons Washington is unhappy with it. She stated that “these offensives are planned and launched by those who are harboured in safe in the neighbourhood of Afghanistan. These sanctuaries have for years, provided safety for dark agendas of ideologically and operationally-fused terror networks like Taliban, Haqqani network, Daesh, Al-Qaeda and its proscribed affiliates..”.
Gambhir also criticised the UN for not showing resolve towards bringing an end to the violence perpetrated by Taliban terrorists in Afghanistan.