WORLD: United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Monday slammed Pakistan for harbouring terrorists and said that Islamabad should not even be given a single dollar until it addresses the issue. She further said that the terrorists Pakistan continues to provide shelter to “turn around and kill American soldiers”.
Nikki Haley said that the US did not need to give money to the countries that wish to harm America, go behind its back and try to “stop us from doing things”.
“…I think there should be a strategic view on which countries we partner with, which ones we count on to work with us on certain things, and move forward accordingly. I think we just blindly allow money to keep going without thinking that this is real leverage. We have to use it,” Haley told a US magazine.
“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.
Nikki Haley said Pakistan should be told “you have to do these things before we will even start to help you with your military or start to help you on counter terrorism”.
Asked if she does not agree that the foreign aid can turn an adversary into an ally, or can make a country more favourable than it would be otherwise, Haley said, “No, I think it absolutely can. I think that you do have to use it as leverage.”
“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.
Nikki Haley, the first Indian-American ever appointed to a Cabinet position in any US presidential administration, will step down as the UN envoy at the end of this year.
In September, the Trump administration had cancelled USD 300 million worth military aid to Islamabad for not doing enough against terror groups active on its soil.
Defending his administration’s decision to stop hundreds of millions of dollars flowing in military aid to Pakistan, Donald Trump said that Islamabad does not do “a damn thing” for the US. He further said that the Pakistani government helped late al-Qaeda leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in its territory.
Referring to Laden and the compound in Abbottabad, where he was killed by the US forces, Trump told , “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,” Trump said.
“We give Pakistan USD 1.3 billion a year…[Laden] lived in Pakistan, we’re supporting Pakistan, we’re giving them USD 1.3 billion a year – which we don’t give them anymore, by the way, I ended it because they don’t do anything for us, they don’t do a damn thing for us,” he said.