Pakistan hints US the tipping point for NATO supply line cut

Pakistan hints US the tipping point for NATO supply line cut

ISLAMABAD – Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan said that Pakistan has suspended military and intelligence cooperation with the United States in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s allegation that Pakistan has given the US “nothing but lies and deceit” and suspension of security aid for Pakistan.

Addressing a gathering at Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday, Khan said the US is facing defeat in Afghanistan despite spending billions of dollars.

He alleged that the US is using Pakistan as a ‘scapegoat’ for its failures in Afghanistan. “Pakistan does not want to put a price on its sacrifices but wants them to be recognized,” the defence minister said, adding that Pakistan will not allow Afghanistan’s war to be fought on Pakistani territory.

To a question, the minister said that Pakistan took the right steps by blocking NATO supplies to Afghanistan in the aftermath of 2011 attack at Salala check post.

It is widely discussed in Pakistan political and military circles that in case of any territorial violation of Pakistan the US supply line to Afghanistan would be cut at that point of time, as happened in Salala checkpost attack case.