US wants Pakistan to fully cooperate in war against terrorism
The US has conveyed to Pakistan that it wants Islamabad to cooperate fully in the war against terrorism as it is a matter of "extraordinary importance" to America, US President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton said. Last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had pressed new Pakistani government "to do more" to rein in terror groups operating from the country's soil.
Trump administration canceled $300 million in military aid to Pakistan
The Trump administration has recently canceled $300 million in military aid to Islamabad after it failed to take actions against terror groups. "He (Mike Pompeo) wanted to convey the message that we hoped and expected that Pakistan would cooperate fully in the war against terrorism, which they had committed to do," Bolton told a Washington audience on Monday.
Decision to cancel aid's substantial part not taken lightly: Bolton
"Trump administration did not take the decision to cancel a substantial part of the military aid package to Pakistan lightly," Bolton said. "It was done knowing well that Pakistan is a nuclear weapons state, and the risk that the government could fall into the hands of terrorists that would get control of those nuclear weapons was particularly serious," Bolton added.