Pakistan PM calls US aid ‘insignificant’ as Trump threatens to cut it off

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi says Pakistan is a leader in fighting terror after Trump warns he could withhold funding over country’s ‘lies and deceit’

Pakistan’s prime minister, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has declared himself mystified by US threats to cut off funding, saying that US financial assistance was “very, very insignificant” and that Pakistan was “on the forefront of the war on terror”.

In an interview with the Guardian, Abbasi said that reports that the US was considering cuts of up to $2bn in security assistance were bewildering because the total aid Pakistan – civilian and military – actually received was a tiny fraction of that amount.

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