US Congressman calls Pak ‘backstabbing nation’

Agencies/Washington
July 26, 2017 INTERNATIONAL 240 Views

Well-known Islamabad baiter, US congressman Ted Poe, has in a tweet called his country’s putative ally “the backstabbing nation of Pakistan’.
In a tweet earlier today, Poe posted a note “applauding” US defense secretary James Mattis’s decision to withhold coalition support funds to Pakistan.
Poe has often taken Pakistan to task as it “supports multiple terrorist organisations”. He is the chair of the ‘terrorism, nonproliferation, and trade’ subcommittee of the US’s foreign affairs committee.
In the note he posted today, Poe, a member of the US of house of representatives from Texas, explains how the funds withholding to Islamabad came about.
“Under the National Defense Authorization Act, the Secretary of Defense must be able to verify that the backstabbing nation of Pakistan has ‘taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network’ in the fight against terrorism,” the note Poe posted on Twitter explains.
Poe then again calls Pakistan a “Benedict Arnold Ally”, like he did earlier this month. He was referring to a notorious American traitor. Arnold was a general during the American Revolutionary War who originally fought on the American side but then defected to the British Army.
Last week, US defense secretary Mattis said the US has decided to block $350 million+ in coalition support funds to Pakistan as it had not taken “sufficient actions” against the dreaded Haqqani terror network which has been behind terror attacks in Afghanistan.
Also last week, the US listed Pakistan among the nations providing “safe havens” to terrorists,+ saying terror groups like the LeT and JeM continued to operate, train, organise and fund-raise inside the country.
“Pakistan did not take sufficient action against other externally focused groups, such as Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Jaish-e-Mohammad in 2016, which continued to operate, train, organise, and fundraise in Pakistan,” said the annual ‘Country Report on Terrorism’ from the US state department. LeT’s founder Hafiz Saeed is the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
Pakistan’s relationship with the US has became shaky in the past few months, as the Trump administration has not just taken actions like last week’s, its officials have been making public statements about Islamabad’s unreliability in the war on terror.+
Earlier this month, in an extraordinarily candid exchange with media persons, US defense secretary Mattis admitted that the ongoing review of the US’s Afghanistan strategy is “hard” because it has to be “wrapped into a regional context” that involves Pakistan.

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