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Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 09:02

Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan Tuesday said in Islamabad that Pakistan has suspended defense and intelligence cooperation with the United States amid growing tensions over the USA suspension of military aid to Pakistan.

Pakistan's decision to suspend military and intelligence cooperation with America came after President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of giving nothing to the United States but "lies and deceit" and suspended about Dollars 2 billion in security aid to it, Pakistani media quoted Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan as saying.

When asked to comment on Pakistan's reported move, USA under secretary of state Steve Goldstein said: "We're hopeful for future cooperation from Pakistan". In the said incident, the marauding troops dragged the driver out from the vehicle and shot the passengers in cold blood, killing 20 innocent people on the spot, after which the troopers started spraying gun powder, petrol and kerosene on the surrounding buildings and torched them too leading to more deaths and grievous injuries.

"Pakistan has not run out of options but it should take more steps if the USA keeps on taking action against Pakistan", he added.

The Spokesperson said that the Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif's remarks about the tweet by the US President Donald Trump must be seen in a perspective.

In his weekly briefing, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said the two countries were in talks over matters of mutual interest, including security assistance, details of which can not be revealed to media just now.

The statement comes days after Trump administration blocked the $255 million military aid to Pakistan.

The US and others have long complained that Pakistan offered safe haven to the Afghan Taliban and their allies, the Haqqani Network, allowing them to carry out cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. Responding to another question, the spokesperson said that Pakistan desires to resolve all outstanding disputes with India including Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek through dialogue.

Although it is still not clear how much aid has been stopped, Mr Olson said the decision could affect about $1.3 billion worth of annual aid.

The newspaper pointed out that the flow of money to the region from the United States had shrunk in recent years, and "Pakistan is not almost as reliant on USA assistance as it has been in the past".

Public accusations by Trump and other US officials were not taken well in Pakistan and political watchers and senior media personnel have slammed the USA move.

"The United States has tuned Afghanistan into another Vietnam as it needs a scapegoat".

This is still a goodwill gesture by Pakistan at a time when the USA and its allies are still facing serious security challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan's security cooperation is vital to the US success in Afghanistan.