Pakistan continues to harbour terrorists that turn around and kill American soldiers, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said, asserting that Washington should not blindly give Islamabad even a dollar until it steps up efforts to combat terrorism.
Haley, the first Indian-American ever appointed to a Cabinet position in any US presidential administration, said the US did not need to give money to countries that wish harm to America, go behind its back and try and “stop us from doing things”.
“The one example I’ll give you is, 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,” she said.
Haley said that Islamabad should be told that “you have to do these things before we will even start to help you with your military or start to help you on counterterrorism”. “I don’t think you should blindly give it and then expect goodwill. You have to ask for goodwill and then give it when you see good things happen,” she said.
Haley will step down as the UN envoy at the end of this year. US President Donald Trump last week nominated chief State Department spokeswoman and a former Fox News journalist Heather Nauert as Haley’s successor.
In October, Haley announced that she was leaving the post by the end of the year. The 46-year-old former South Carolina governor has served nearly two years in the post.
Haley’s comments come days after a war-of-words between US President Donald Trump and Pakiatsn’s newly appointed Prime Minister Imran Khan. While Trump, in a television interview, had claimed that Pakistan does not do “a damn thing” for the US, he had also referred to the presence of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan’s Abbottabad.
“you know, living… think of this… living in Pakistan, beautifully in Pakistan in what I guess they considered a nice mansion, I don’t know, I’ve seen nicer… But living in Pakistan right next to the military academy, everybody in Pakistan knew he was there (sic),” Trump had said.
In September, the Trump administration had suspended a $300 million military aid to Pakistan citing inaction over terrorism. Further, Trump, in a letter to Khan had also sought Pakistan’s cooperation in bringing peace to Afghanistan. In response, Khan had said that Pakistan was no longer America’s ‘hired gun’.