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December 11, 2018 10:38
U.S. Should Not Give Even a Dollar to Pak till It Acts on Terror: Nikki Haley

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The outgoing United States ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who is of Indian origin, has accused Pakistan of allegedly harboring terrorists, saying the U.S. should not give Islamabad "even a dollar" until they correct the situation.

"Giving them over a billion dollars, and they continue to harbor terrorists that turn around and kill our soldiers, that's never okay," Haley, who leaves the post at the end of this month, was quoted as saying in an interview with The Atlantic, published on Monday.

Haley said the U.S. should approach foreign aid in a more transactional way, offering it only to countries that show the U.S. goodwill.

"We shouldn't even give them a dollar until they correct it. Use the billion dollars. That's not a small amount of change," she said.

Born as Nimrata Randhawa to Sikh parents, who migrated from Punjab, state of India, is married to Michael Haley, an American officer in the South Carolina Army National Guard. In the past as well, she has made anti-Pakistan statements.

In the interview, Haley said that Pakistan should be told that "you have to do these things before we will even start to help you with your military or start to help you on counter-terrorism".

"I think we just blindly allow money to keep going without thinking that this is real leverage," she said.

In a recent interview with The Washington Post, Prime Minister Imran Khan dismissed the U.S. allegations that there were safe havens for terrorists in Pakistan, saying that the security forces had briefed him on the matter and told him that they had asked Washington "time and time again" to point out where the sanctuaries were.

The prime minister also said that he would never want to have relations with the U.S. where Pakistan is treated like a "hired gun."

-Sowmya Sangam

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