- Title: Pakistan rejects U.S. accusations of harbouring terrorists
- Date: 23rd August 2017
- Summary: SCREEN OF REGISTRATION TRACKING SYSTEM
- Embargoed: 6th September 2017 17:14
- Keywords: Pakistanâ€™s Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal U.S. policy for Afghanistan Pakistan's war with terrorism Donald Trump
- Location: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN
- City: ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Diplomacy/Foreign Policy,Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0026VDPQO7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Pakistan's Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Wednesday (August 23) rejected U.S. criticism of its efforts to fight terrorism, saying his country has done more than any other country in the world in the fight to end terrorism.
U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled his policy for Afghanistan on Monday (August 21), stepping up the military campaign against Taliban insurgents and singling out Pakistan for harbouring them.
Iqbal said no other country in the world could claim to have achieved the successes that Pakistan had achieved in the war against terrorism in the past four years.
U.S. officials have warned that aid to Pakistan might be cut and Washington might downgrade nuclear-armed Pakistan's status as a major non-NATO ally, in order to pressure it to do more to help bring about an end to America's longest-running war.
The relationship between the two countries has endured periods of extreme strain during the past decade, especially after al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was found and killed by U.S. special forces in Pakistan in a 2011 raid.
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