Pakistan Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif said on Thursday that his country will be able to survive without aid from the US like it did in the past, in response to the US decision to suspend assistance to Pakistan, according to pakistantoday.com.
In an interview with a private news channel, Asif said the United States is not recognizing Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terrorism. “The Jawans, and high ranking officers in the Pakistan armed forces had sacrificed their lives in fighting the war against terror."
He also claimed that the US benefitted from the Afghan war, while Pakistan was left to face immense trouble and destruction.
The US State Department announced the suspension of security assistance to Pakistan on Thursday, saying that the US will not deliver military equipment or transfer security-related funds to Pakistan unless required by law.
State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said in a press briefing that the exact sum of the assistance is still being figured out.
“President Donald Trump has asked Pakistan repeatedly to take more action against terrorists and militants,” Nauert said.