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Pakistan accuses US of betrayal after military aid suspension 

Islamabad, Jan 5 (IANS) Amid opposition calls for retaliation, the Pakistan government on Friday accused the US of betrayal and decried “arbitrary deadlines” and “unilateral pronouncements” after the Donald Trump administration suspended an estimated $1 billion in military assistance.

In one of the harshest actions in years between the troubled allies, Washington moved to block the military aid at the end of a contentious week that began with Trump bashing Islamabad for years of “lies & deceit” as well as for harbouring terrorists.

The US State Department officials said they were holding back the aid as an incentive for Islamabad to take “decisive action” to rid its lands of terrorist safe havens. It also placed Pakistan on a watch list of countries failing to protect religious freedom.

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