US, Pakistan starting real relationship

US, Pakistan starting real relationship

After Pakistani forces successfully rescued an American-Canadian family that were in possession of the Haqqani network, an Afghan guerrilla insurgent group designated as a terror organisation by US, President Donald Trump on Saturday said that he is starting to develop a much better relationship with Pakistan and its leaders.

On Friday Trump said that Pakistan took "tremendous advantage" of the United States over the years, but is now "starting to have a real" relationship.

Later, Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif visited the U.S. and held important meetings with State secretary and other officials and presented Pakistan's stance.

Pakistan Army recently rescued a US-Canadian couple and their three children through an intelligence-based operation.

Pakistan Army announced on Thursday they had recovered an abducted Canadian-US couple and their three children from the tribal areas of Pakistan in an operation carried out from US intelligence.

This was the first high-level USA delegation's visit to Pakistan after Trump had criticised Pakistan for providing "safe havens" to terrorists, while unveiling the new strategy for South Asia and Afghanistan. The couple were kidnapped in 2012 in Afghanistan while on a backpacking trip.

"What the US President says in tweets are not taken as considered policy", Mansingh said, adding that one has to look for actions like the one by the US Congress withholding monetary aid to Pakistan on account of its support to terrorism. The political and military leaders also said Pakistan is more dependent on the US. All of their three children were born in captivity.

"That was a surprise to us", the official said.

This came after Pakistani forces rescued an American family which had been kept captive by the Haqqani network.

The fact that Pakistan helped rescue the hostages will be presented as a victory for Trump, who is under severe pressure at home, said former foreign secretary Kanwal Sibal.

"We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time [when] they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting", he said, warning that the vital aid the U.S. offers to the country could be cut. "The President is achieving real results on the worldwide stage, as well", he said.

Tweets from the American president praising Pakistan are quite rare especially since during the last few months he's taken a hawkish stance against the country over terrorism.

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